President-elect Donald Trump attended the 117th Army-Navy football game at Baltimore’s M&T Stadium on Saturday.
The Army defeated the Navy 21-17 in the annual matchup, ending the Navy’s 14-year winning streak.
The President-elect chose to follow presidential custom and sat on the Navy side of the stadium for one-half of the game and the Army side of the stadium for the other half of the game. According to NBC Washington, Trump was inside the box of a West Point graduate and spent the second half in the box of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and top adviser Steve Bannon joined Trump at the game.
Many inside the stadium were heard cheering “Make America Great Again,” but before the game’s kickoff at 3:00 p.m., nearly two hundred protesters marched outside.
The march was organized by a group called the Mid-Atlantic General Defense Committee which hopes to send a message to the Electoral College ahead of Dec. 19th’s vote, as well as to an onlooking nation, that Trump is not a welcome guest to many in the city.
Chants of “No Hate. No Fear. Immigrants are Welcome Here” and “We reject the president-elect” echoed in the vicinity where protesters clutched signs that read “Dump Trump,” “Resist” and “Make Fascists Hide Again.”
Charlie Kerr, a law student and one of the protest organizers felt that to not protest would help “normalize” the president-elect. Others vowed that cities across America will not support Trump’s hardline stances on issues like illegal immigration and a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.
The protesters received a variety of reactions from passers-by, ranging from honks and cheers to shouts of “Make America Great Again,” and “Get a job!”
Saturday’s appearance will mark Trump’s first visit to the state of Maryland since the election. The state is considered to be the birthplace of religious freedom in America and today is the quintessential “blue” state, where Hillary Clinton won just over 60% of the votes in November.
H/T: The Baltimore Sun
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