- Donald Trump’s appearance at today’s Alabama-LSU game has become mired in controversy.
- Will Alabama students boo the president? Will they face repercussions if they do?
- Suddenly, the college football rivalry game has become a referendum on free speech.
Following a difficult Republican electoral loss in Kentucky, President Donald Trump will seek to end the week on a high today by attending the Alabama-LSU college football rivalry game.
After drowning in a chorus of boos at Game 5 of the World Series and then UFC 244, Trump will visit Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the LSU Tigers this afternoon.
It’s a huge game. Both teams are undefeated, and they rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. The top-ranked team, Ohio State, might have seen its CFP hopes vanish following the suspension of Chase Young, heightening the stakes even further.
Will Students Lose Tickets If They Boo Trump?
It’s still not clear what will happen if Alabama students protest Trump at today’s game. | Source: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The president will expect a better reaction from the crowd than he received at the World Series – he won Alabama in the 2016 presidential election by 28 percentage points. However, even this visit to “Trump Country” won’t be without controversy.
Worried that “disruptive” students would protest the president, the University of Alabama’s Student Government Association (SGA) warned that fans who failed to toe the university line would face repercussions – including losing access to season tickets.
Any organizations that engage in disruptive behaviour during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season.