Student government at University of Alabama tells Crimson Tide football fans to behave during Trump’s visit — or else

Published: Nov 7, 2019 12:52 p.m. ET

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President Trump has had a rough go of it in the public eye recently, having been showered with boos during both a World Series game and a UFC fight.

Third time’s a charm?

We’ll see if his visit this weekend to Tuscaloosa, Ala. — in a state and region that typically provide friendly terrain for Trump — to see the No. 3–ranked University of Alabama square off against LSU, No. 2 in the CFP rankings, goes any better.

If the school’s Student Government Association has its way, it will.

‘Any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season.’

That’s an excerpt of letter from Jason Rothfarb, vice president of student affairs, in which he describes additional security measures covering the Bryant-Denny football stadium’s student section during the Saturday afternoon game.

The letter was making the rounds Tuesday:

The Twitter TWTR, -0.41% user Carter-William, who shared the letter, went on to question the warning.

“Is screaming ‘F*** Auburn’ not disruptive?” he asked in a follow-up tweet. “Is booing the other team not disruptive? Is specifically screaming as loud as possible not disruptive? Or is it only disruptive when students express their displeasure with the President of the United States?”

The SGA addressed the growing buzz surrounding the letter:

The SGA may have denied it, but the president didn’t seem to have a problem with the initial interpretation of the letter, considering he retweeted a story warning “Protest Trump during the LSU game and risk losing your reserved seating.”

Potential drama in the bleachers aside, the game is a huge one. Alabama and LSU, which have never played each other in front of a sitting president, are both undefeated and stand atop the AP poll, trailing only Ohio State in the College Football Playoff rankings

One key player sidelined politics earlier this week in saying he’s looking forward to having Trump at the game. “You know, regardless of your political views, that’s pretty cool having the president at the game,” LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said Monday. “Doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, the president at the game’s pretty cool.”

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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