Donald Trump Jr. defended his father getting booed at Nationals Park Sunday night in a rant against the Washington D.C. 'swamp.
'I’d wear getting booed in the swamp as a badge of honor. If you’re pissing them off you’re doing something right!,' he wrote on Twitter Monday.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were booed during Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros when their images were flashed on the jumbotron.
'I’ll take boos from the leftist DC fan base and cheers from the great men and women of the United States Armed Forces any day of the week!,' Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, wrote on Twitter alongside a video of the president being honored by members of the military.
President Trump has been surprisingly quiet on the incident at the game, where some baseballs fans also shouted 'lock him up' at him - a play off his famous 2016 campaign chant against Hillary Clinton: 'lock her up.'
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said he hadn’t spoken to the president about the boos but noted of Washington D.C. 'it's a pretty liberal town but the president is a big baseball fan and while he wanted to go to the game to see the NATS play and also the Astros who were here a couple of years ago.’
Washington D.C. is a heavily Democratic area. Trump won just over four percent of the vote in the District of Columbia in the 2016 election.
‘He also wanted the wounded warriors to get a chance to sit in the box and talk to them about their experiences and I think it was a it was a great night for him a great night for them and for the country and a great night for baseball,’ Gidley said in response to a question from DailyMail.com at the White House on Monday.
At least three wounded warriors were spotted in the box Trump sat in for the game and the men travelled with the president in his motorcade from the White House to the ballpark.
Also with the president was the first lady and several Republican lawmakers, all of whom are some of his biggest allies on Capitol Hill: Senators Lindsey Graham and David Perdue; and Representatives Mac Thornberry, Kevin Brady, Kay Granger, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Andy Biggs, Liz Cheney, and Matt Gaetz.
Trump and his party entered the game shortly before the first pitch and sat in one of the private boxes. Their arrival wasn't announced but some seated near-by noticed.
At the end of the third inning, the video screens in the White House carried a salute to U.S. service members that drew cheers throughout the stadium.
When the video cut to Trump and his entourage, cheers abruptly turned into a torrent of boos and heckling, with chants of 'Lock him up!" breaking out in some sections.
Footage captured by NBC moments after the stadium announcer called out his name documented Trump's beaming smile drop sharply to a grimace when he first heard the boos ring out.
Trump then appeared to shake off the hostile reception, reclaiming his smile and waving enthusiastically to the crowd.
But the taunts continued throughout the game, with two fans behind the home plate unfurling signs that read 'VETERANS FOR IMPEACHMENT' at one stage.
It isn't initially clear if Trump, who left the game around 10pm, saw the banner on the stadium's display board before making his exit.
The president attended the game hours after a press conference when he announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had died after deploying his suicide vest as U.S. Special Ops forces raided his hideaway on Saturday night in Idlib, northwest Syria.
Trump touted the news as a giant triumph for his administration and boasted it was even more profound than the Obama administration's military strike against al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
‘Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,’ Trump declared. ‘He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.