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Trump compared the UFC fight he attended to one of his rallies

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  • President Donald Trump compared the crowd’s reaction, which was a wave of boos along with cheers, when he arrived at a UFC match to the “great energy” of one of his rallies. 
  • Videos posted to social media captured a loud mixture of boos and cheers that greeted Trump as he took his seat at Madison Square Garden. 
  • Trump wrote that it “was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally,” which are been known for raucous audiences turning out to support the president. 
  • It was the second time in less than a week Trump had been booed at a major sporting event, but perhaps the crowd at Game 5 of the baseball World Series that launched chants of “Lock him up!”, a version of one of Trump’s jabs at former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, was a closer match to one of Trump’s rallies. 
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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to present his take on the crowd reacting with a wave of boos when he arrived at a UFC match the night before.

Trump wrote that “Walking into Madison Square Garden last night with [UFC President Dana White] for the big UFC Championship fight was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally.”

The president used shorthand for his campaign slogan and its descendent, “Keep America Great,” writing “Plenty of MAGA & KAG present. Great energy. Fantastic job Dana!”

Videos posted to social media showed an immediate reaction from the crowd to Trump entering the arena, and different videos seem to contain either more cheers or more boos, depending on where in the audience it was taken. Whether they were sounds of approval or protest, Trump has a point about the lively arena matching the “energy” of his often-raucous rallies.

Trump’s assessment comes after Fox & Friends cast the crowd’s reaction in an equally positive light, focusing on the portion of cheers among the boos that came from an appreciation for “the brawler style of a brawler president.”

 

The president watched fighters Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal battle for the BMF, or “Baddest Motherf—er Belt” with an entourage of some of his closest associates, including his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Republican Reps. Peter King and Mark Meadow.

It was the second time in less than a week Trump had been booed by the crowd at a major sporting event. On October 27, the crowd at Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Washington, DC launched chants of “Lock him up!”, using a version of one of Trump’s preferred jabs at former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

 

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