Trump’s expected appearance will be the latest in a string of recent presidential trips to sporting events outside the controlled environments of his reelection rallies.
The president, though, is likely to receive a much more positive reaction in Alabama. His approval rating in both states in September, the last month for which data is available, was 59 percent and 56 percent, respectively, according to Morning Consult.
Saturday marks the second Crimson Tide game Trump will have attended while in office. He stood on the field at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium with military personnel during the playing of the national anthem before the 2018 College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia. Trump only stayed for the first half of the game.
He then hosted Alabama, which defeated the Bulldogs in overtime, 26-23, at the White House in April, where Coach Nick Saban presented him with a crimson No. 17 jersey with “TRUMP” on the back.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow told reporters on Monday he was excited to have Trump in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which will also host ESPN’s “College Gameday” and SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” live on campus before the game.
It will be the 25th time in college football history that the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll (LSU) meets the second-ranked team (Alabama) in the regular season.
“Regardless of your political views, that’s pretty cool, having the president at your game,” Burrow said, via USA Today. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. The president at the game is pretty cool.”