Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyer accused Pence of causing Capitol attack: Report Biden administration announces easing of EU steel tariffs, COP26 aluminum takes on climate change at a dangerous time MORE was seen performing the controversial “Tomahawk chop” at Saturday night’s World Series match in Atlanta.
In videos posted on Twitter, Trump and former first lady Melania TrumpMelania Trump White House will not host children’s Halloween events due to Biden travel plans The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Democrats insist budgetary consensus is close as talks draw on McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had ‘no damn thing’ to attend Dad’s funeral MORE seen performing the gesture in an outdoor box.
The gesture, which has been a tradition at Atlanta Braves matches for some time, recently became part of the nationwide conversation about racism and professional sports symbols, especially as the team advanced to the World Series.
President Donald Trump is doing the Tomahawk Chop while he is 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 “completely backing” the Braves’ 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 at the use of the chop, which has reportedly been used by the Braves since 1991, and pushes back on the use.
Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would participate in Game 4 of the World Series, and wrote in a statement that he was invited by Manfred and New York Yankees owner Randy Levine.
But league officials said Trump had asked to attend and was not invited, according to CBS Sports.
The Hill has contacted the Trump office for a comment.
In April, Trump called for a boycott of the MLB after the league announced it was moving its All-Star game out of Georgia as opposed to the signing of a restrictive voting law in the state.
Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker was also up for battle with Trump on Saturday night, according to CNN. The former president has been a vocal supporter of the former footballer’s bid for Congress.
Atlanta beat Houston, 3-2, to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
The Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Indians both recently changed their names following controversy over the racial character of their former names.