Former first couple Donald and Melania Trump enthusiastically participated in the controversial “tomahawk chop” cheering for Atlanta Braves in the 4th game of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
While many fans enthusiastically participate in the cheering, which is supposed to provoke chopping with a “tomahawk,” Indians generally find this racist and humiliating.
More viewers could be seen in the footage of the Trumps also doing a “chop,” and crowds of Braves fans on Twitter erupted in praise.
Sharp criticism also followed.
Player St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, complained after the 2019 game against the Braves that the tomahawk chop cheering team portrays Native Americans as “people like the caveman. “
“They are much more than that,” Helsley told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Appropriating Native American names for something unrelated to their culture “devalues us and how we are perceived or used as mascots in this way,” he said.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred insisted last week that regional natives actually support the move – which several representatives of the Indians quickly convicted.
The National Congress of American Indians issued a statement Wednesday urging Fox not to broadcast a chop during World Series matches this weekend.
The Braves told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late last year that it was a team stands by its controversial name, although many teams have abandoned Indian expressions and insults from their names because they now treat them as racist.
But Braves officials said at the time that they were still discussing the controversial exclamation, which fans repeat at the start of the games and as an exclamation.
Trump was on the World Series for the first time since October 2019 when he attended the 5th game in Washington Nationals Park. He was booed loudly that night when he was shown on a stadium video.
There have been some questions about whether Trump was invited to the game this year, as he claimed.
The former president issued a statement saying he was invited by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and club president Randy Levine of the “big New York Yankees”.
But club CEO Terry McGuirk told USA Today before the second game that Trump informed the team that he would attend.
“He called MLB and wanted to come to the game,” McGuirk said. “We were very surprised. Of course we said yes. ” McGuirk said Trump will not sit down with MLB or team representatives.
Trump lost Georgia to Joe Biden in a tense 2020 match, making Biden the first Democrat to be voted president in the country since 1992.
Trump was filmed on tape after his defeat ordered the Georgian Secretary of State to do so “Find” enough votes to turn your outing into a victory. Fulton County Attorney Fani Willis is launched an investigation into the tender and other efforts to influence elections.