President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the school soccer recreation between LSU and Alabama, ranked No. 1 and a pair of, respectively, within the nation. The recreation has been dubbed “game of the century” for the second time this century.
The final time a president went to a daily season recreation between prime groups that was additionally dubbed “game of the century” was 50 years in the past when Richard Nixon went to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to look at the visiting Texas Longhorns, ranked No. 1 within the nation, tackle the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks.
That recreation was within the 100th 12 months of faculty soccer, and Nixon went to declare the Longhorns because the nationwide champions after their 15-14 win. That was the final all-white faculty soccer nationwide championship staff.
Nixon was a soccer fanatic, and Trump is a soccer and sports activities fanatic as properly. Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series final month in Washington, when the hometown Nationals performed the Houston Astros. Per week later, Trump attended a UFC match at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Trump attending a “game of the century” in faculty soccer’s 150th 12 months is only one comparability to Nixon, additionally a Republican president, of their tenures as commanders-in-chief.
Though politics was not paramount in 1969 when Nixon attended Texas-Arkansas, it ought to loom giant Saturday on the campus in Alabama, a state Trump carried in 2016.
“Presumably a college football crowd in Alabama is going to be a friendlier audience and an audience that’s kind of his base in that part of the country,” University of Virginia affiliate professor of presidential research Guian McKee said in The Hill. “It is a college town, and if he gets booed at that game it sort of deepens the problem for him.”
Trump going to the sport attracts much more comparisons to Nixon when he was within the White House. Famed journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped uncover the Watergate Scandal with Nixon, in contrast Nixon’s tapes to Trump’s conversations with Ukraine officers in a “cover up.”
“They are somewhat equivalent because what we’ve seen in one summary suggests this conspiracy, suggests this high time perhaps by the president of the United States,” Bernstein mentioned. “And Nixon was ordered to turn over his tapes because of those kinds of suggestions, so there’s some real comparisons of evidence that is being withheld now that the Watergate investigators were able to obtain.”
Though impeachment inquiries have begun in opposition to Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives, he could go farther on this course of than Nixon, who resigned from workplace earlier than impeachment may start in 1974, the second 12 months of his second time period.
The LSU-Alabama recreation is scheduled for two:30 p.m. CT on Saturday on CBS. There are deliberate protests on campus Saturday morning. The two groups, who meet each season as SEC West foes, performed in opposition to one another in 2011 for what was known as the “game of the century,” which LSU gained, 9-6, in extra time. The groups met once more for the nationwide championship that season in New orleans, with Alabama successful the rematch.
LSU has not crushed Alabama since then, which now spans eight-consecutive video games.