The University of Alabama Student Government Association issued a warning that protesting Donald Trump during this Saturday’s game could result in the revoking of season seat reservations. Trump is expected to attend the game against Louisiana State University.
“Any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season,” wrote Vice President of Student Affairs Jason Rothfarb in an official statement.
From the University of Alabama SGA, ahead of President Trump's visit to the game. Strange that in all the games in which drunken bacchanalia has been tolerated, if not celebrated and encouraged I've never once been warned to not be "disruptive" pic.twitter.com/1j87QlxSDr— Carter-William (@carterwilliam_) November 6, 2019
The message begins by warning ticket holders to arrive early and expect extra security due to Trump’s presence. It does not define exactly what “disruptive behavior” means, but people are speculating that the vague message is meant to prohibit or at least discourage any show of protest or displeasure against the president.
This announcement comes soon after Trump was resoundingly booed at two separate sporting events, first at a World Series game in New York and then at a UFC match, which surprised left-leaning commentators like Stephen Colbert.
According to AL.com, nearly 60 student groups have reserved blocks of seats for the game, most of them being Greek organizations. The university SGA didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Though Trump may be able to expect a warmer reception in a more conservative state like Alabama, people are speculating that this warning might not be as effective as the SGA was hoping.
Kids/Students are more clever and craftier than adults ever give them credit for.
If they want to be disruptive they will certainly find a creative way to do it.
— Welp… (@thejohnnymop) November 6, 2019
Do you suppose if the ‘Bama students booed collectively they would be escorted out collectively? If he is booed before the game with risk of being tossed, sending my advance respects to the students. Huge sacrifice for them but must be done.
— daniet (@dinodlz) November 6, 2019
Absurd. But, then again maybe a few moments of absolute silence when Trump enters the stadium would send the same message while adhering to the rules.
— Gaius Caligula (@Playday89679442) November 6, 2019
“remainder of the season” = the Western Carolina game. Not much of a threat.
— Matt P. (@glacialspeed) November 6, 2019
Please reply and tell him that any attempt to violate your first amendment rights will result in a lawsuit filed first thing Monday morning.
— Mary Wynne Kling (@MaryWynneKling) November 6, 2019
To be fair, I am not sure how much of a deterrent that the loss of block seating for Western Carolina will be.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 6, 2019
If there is ever a time to break the rules, this is that time. I’d be honored to lose that reserved seating
— cgtodag (@CG2daG) November 6, 2019
Famously obedient “rebels” will comply.
— (((Robert Arthur))) (@jaunte) November 6, 2019
Considering how much college students don’t like being told what to do, if nobody was planning a protest before, they probably are now.