Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended World Series Game 5 in Washington Sunday night, accompanied by a dozen Republican lawmakers and several wounded warriors.
But there was one person conspicuously absent… Barron Trump.
The president’s motorcade arrived at Nationals Park around 8 p.m., as the national anthem was being sung. Mr. Trump and his entourage took their seats in a suite in the second level of the stadium, with the president waving to some fans below.
During a “Salute to the Troops,” some in the stadium applauded and cheered for the Trumps as their presence was announced. A chorus of boos also could be heard, as well as some spectators chanting “lock him up.”
Among the Republican lawmakers with him were Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
It was the president’s first appearance at a major-league game since being elected. Trump said earlier he probably wouldn’t throw out a ceremonial first pitch due to the required body armor under his jacket that would be too bulky.
Once the game hit the third inning, it was rather obvious why Trump didn’t want to throw out the first pitch…he was booed.
According to multiple reporters at the scene, the audience erupted into boos when the group appeared on the Jumbotron. Some members of the crowd then began a brief “lock him up” chant, an echo of the popular “lock her up” chant directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that can often be heard at Trump’s rallies.
But one question kept being asked…why was Trump’s 13-year-old son Barron not there? I mean, attending the World Series is every boy’s dream, right?
Twitter had some thoughts:
A Father not taking his son to a baseball game, let alone a World Series game, is perhaps the worst indictment of a “family man” I’ve ever heard.
I have a feeling Trump could have gotten Barron a ticket, if he got tickets for Scalise and Gaetz.
— Rob Anderson for Louisiana (@RobAnderson2018) October 28, 2019
Wait, did Trump really not bring Barron to the game? Or his grandchildren?
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 28, 2019
#HOTUS looks ridiculous. If she gets her face tightened one more time, her eyes are going to stay shut for good. And they took drunk Matt Gaetz instead of their own son? Maybe they returned Barron to the Prop Department at Universal Studios. https://t.co/HbJWOVqz4Y
— 𝘿𝙪𝙢𝙥 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙨𝙚𝙮 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙢 (@dumptrump33) October 28, 2019
I've never been to a World Series Game. But I'd love to.
And, if I was President of the US going to the World Series, you better believe I'd bring MY kids there.
Somewhere, though, there's a kid named Barron who's grateful NOT to be seen while his dad was booed by thousands.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@mmpadellan) October 28, 2019
I guess Barron doesn’t like baseball, but little Matt Gaetz does.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) October 28, 2019
People keep noting that Trump didn't bring his teenage son to the World Series without considering the possibility that Barron doesn't want to be seen in public with him.
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) October 28, 2019
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) October 28, 2019