Fans Thrown Out of Baltimore Game for Displaying Trump Banner
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The fans were ejected in the eighth inning of the Orioles' home game against the Toronto Blue Jays after unfurling a banner reading "Trump 2020 Keep America Great."
The banner was displayed for nearly ten minutes as outraged fans chanted "Take it down," The Washington Post reports.
"A video posted on YouTube on Thursday night showed police officers telling the fans to remove the banner…Others in the stadium booed and chanted 'Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye' as the four fans were led out of the section," the Post reports.
"Six more years! He's still your president!" one of the four reportedly shouted back.
"Four people were escorted out of the stadium by police and stadium officials, but judging by the handshakes as they left the ballpark, seems like it won't go beyond that," the Baltimore Sun's Orioles beat reporter Jon Meoli tweeted.
Baltimore has been at the center of controversy since Trump singled out Baltimore-area Congressman Elijah Cummings, holding him responsible for the city's notorious poverty, crime and rat infestations.
Orioles policy allows fans to bring signs and banners, but "banners are subject to confiscation if the content is commercial, political, and/or in bad taste according to the Orioles' discretion."
The Orioles lost the game 11-2, in front of an announced crowd of only 9,716. One of the two runs came when the banner was displayed.