Former President Trump joined Atlanta Braves fans’ tomahawk celebration Saturday night while attending Game 4 of the Braves World Series and the Houston Astros.
Trump was in a suite in Truist Park with former first lady Melania Trump and others. When the celebration was set up, Trump and other Braves fans were delighted.
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The tomahawk strike has been a source of controversy when the World Series returned to Atlanta. The gesture has been labeled offensive to Native Americans.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about the gesture earlier in the week. He said the Braves had the support of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which is based in North Carolina, about three hours from Atlanta.
“The Native American community in that region fully supports the Braves program, including the chop. For me, that’s the end of the story. In that market, we are taking the Native American community into account, ”Manfred said. Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the tomahawk cheer prior to Game 4 of the Baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
Richard Sneed, the chief chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, told the Associated Press that he would like it to focus more on other things that plague Native Americans, such as poverty, unemployment, child abuse, sexual assault and suicide.
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Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the ax strike prior to Game 4 of the Baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Atlanta.
“It doesn’t offend me when someone waves their arm at a sports game. Just no. If someone is, that is their prerogative, it is their right. They may be offended… I don’t know many – maybe one or two, from my tribe who say, ‘Yeah, I don’t like that’. But at the end of the day, we have bigger issues to deal with, ”Sneed said.
A fan holds up a sign that reads “the chop is racist” during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey /.)
The National Congress of American Indians responded to Manfred, saying he missed the mark with his statement.
“In our discussions with the Atlanta Braves, we have repeatedly and unequivocally made our position clear: Natives are not pets, and degrading rituals such as the ‘tomahawk strike’ that dehumanize and harm us have no place in society. American, ”said NCAI President Fawn. Sharp said in a statement, adding that the Braves should change their nickname and broadcasts should stop televising the gesture.
However, Manfred backed the Braves and believed that the Native American community was doing well.
“I don’t know how all the Native American groups across the country feel,” he said. “I am 100% confident that the Braves understand what the Native American community in their region believes and that they have acted on that understanding.”
In this April 2021 file photo, Atlanta Braves fans do the Tomahawk Chop during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore, file)
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Heading into Saturday’s game, the Braves led the series 2-1.
Associated Press contributed to this report.