Donald Trump Iowa State

It should come as no surprise that former U.S. president Donald Trump’s appearance at the Iowa-Iowa State football game Saturday turned into a spectacle.

Trump, facing much-documented legal woes in four different jurisdictions, traveled to the Cyclones’ Jack Trice Stadium in Ames for the annual rivalry game.

A huge throng of supporters chanted, “USA! USA!” as Trump and his Secret Service entourage made their way into the stadium.

Trump traveled to Iowa because the state holds the critical first GOP nominating caucus next year. He also attended the 2015 Iowa-Iowa State game for the same reason. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and several other GOP presidential candidates were also on hand to pretend to be fascinated by the Hawkeyes-Cyclones rivalry.

Trump found a more mixed reaction inside Jack Trice Stadium (which he’d accidentally referred to as “Jack Truce Stadium” in a recent tweet). There was a mix of cheers and boos as his image appeared on the video board.

Before the game, Trump made a surprise appearance at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house in Des Moines, where he signed photos and tossed autographed footballs into a crowd of hundreds.

The images of Trump surrounded by throngs of adoring supporters, who are willing to ignore all of his legal issues and personality flaws, shows just why the left side of the political spectrum is worried about the most controversial U.S. politician in recent history. Several leading progressive analysts have raised the prospect that Trump could retake the presidency in 2024 despite his legal baggage.

Not surprisingly, comments on Trump’s appearance broke sharply along political fault lines.

[The Post Millennial; Photo Credit: Simon Ateba]

About Arthur Weinstein

Arthur spends his free time traveling around the U.S. to sporting events, state and national parks, and in search of great restaurants off the beaten path.