Donald Trump, the former President, demonstrated his polarizing campaign approach once again during the Iowa-Iowa State football game, adding intensity to their ongoing rivalry.
There was a lot of buzz on social media as people shared videos of the negative reception Trump received when he went to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. One photo in particular gained popularity, showing an Iowa State fan expressing his displeasure by showing his middle fingers to the former president.
The photo was shared by Republicans Against Trump with a statement emphasizing that this individual represents the sentiments of everyone.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson were present at the Iowa-Iowa State clash, participating in pre-game tailgates and other activities. While these Republican primary candidates were also in attendance, they did not receive the same level of attention as Trump did during the event.
From ‘Where’s Melania?’ jabs to pro-Trump cheers
Trump also faced backlash from the sky. An airplane flew with a banner saying “Where is Melania?” referring to the former first lady who has been absent from the campaign trail for the most part.
In the meantime, Trump and his supporters emphasized the positive aspects. He also received numerous cheers from his football-loving followers.
Trump shared his excitement on his Truth Social platform, saying, “Having a great time in Iowa!” He posted a video showing him exchanging high fives with supporters, some of whom chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
It’s not uncommon for politicians to be booed at sports events. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton, the candidate and former Arkansas Governor, even joked with reporters about the criticism he faced at Razorback games.
On Saturday, there was also a football match in Ames. The Iowa Hawkeyes managed to win against the Iowa State Cyclones with a score of 20-13.