President Trump appeared to enjoy his homefield advantage in deep-red Alabama on Saturday as he waved to a cheering crowd of more than 100,000 football fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the Alabama-LSU game.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watched the game from a luxury box near midfield. The box belongs to University of Alabama trustee Jim Wilson and his family.
More than a dozen people joined Trump in the box, including a collection of republican lawmakers from Alabama and Louisiana:
- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama
- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville
- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope
- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover
- Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana
- Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana
- Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana
- Rep. Garret Graves, R-Louisiana
Trump took his seat shortly after kickoff and appeared to shift between watching the game and talking to the First Lady and others. Some in the box wore Trump 2020 hats. A few people in the box to his left shouted what appeared to be greetings.
At halftime, Trump stood and waved, and pointed to people in the crowd near him who were waving and taking pictures. On the field, the Million Dollar Band saluted the military by playing each branch’s theme song.
Trump stood with his arms to his side and looked ahead solemnly as the announcer asked the crowd to stand together and sing “America the Beautiful” to honor fallen soldiers. As the band concluded and the announcer gave a “Roll Tide,” Trump applauded.
The presidential motorcade left the stadium for Tuscaloosa Regional Airport shortly before 6 p.m. Alabama lost the game to LSU, 41-46.