Trump does ‘tomahawk chop’ at World Series game in Atlanta
Former President Trump was spotted performing the controversial “tomahawk chop” at Saturday night’s World Series game in Atlanta.
In videos posted to Twitter, Trump and former first lady Melania Trump are seen performing the gesture in an open-air box.
The gesture, which has been a tradition at Atlanta Braves games for some time, recently became part of the nationwide conversation regarding racism and professional sports symbols, particularly when the team advanced to the World Series.
President Donald Trump does the Tomahawk Chop while at the World Series in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/CNmZcLYO8x
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) October 31, 2021
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the local Native American community is “wholly supportive” of Atlanta’s program, including the chop, adding that the team has “done a phenomenal job with the Native American community.”
Members of the community, however, say they are frustrated with the use of the chop, which has reportedly been used by the Braves since 1991, and are pushing back on its use.
Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would be attending Game 4 of the World Series, writing in a statement that he was invited by Manfred and New York Yankees owner Randy Levine.
But league officials said Trump had requested to attend and was not invited, according to CBS Sports.
The Hill has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
In April, Trump called for a boycott of the MLB after it announced that it was moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia in opposition to the signing of a restrictive voting bill in the state.
Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker was also at the game with the Trumps on Saturday night, according to CNN. The former president has been a vocal supporter of the former football player’s bid for Congress.
Atlanta beat the Houston Astros 3-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
The Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Guardians both recently changed their names following controversies regarding the racial nature of their previous names.
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