Portland Liberals Boo US Armed Forces During Patriotic Pledge to President
|Recruits vowed their allegiance to President Donald Trump
A liberal crowd interrupted a swearing-in ceremony for a group of U.S. Armed Forces enlistees during a Portland soccer match on Sept. 11, after the soon-to-be service members pledged in an oath to "obey the orders of the president of the United States."
The ceremony was held at the half-time break at a National Women's Soccer League which saw teams Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage play against each other.
"The event was scheduled ahead of the 2019 season when the club discovered it would be playing on Sept. 11," The Oregonian reported.
Initially, the crowd of 17,000 cheered the enlistees, but the cheers turned into boos as the recruits vowed their allegiance to President Donald Trump.
The Daily Mail reported that "some fans slammed the league for allowing the military swearing-in to take place at the game given the fan code of conduct bans political signage at matches."
According to Fox News, the "boos come as Major League Soccer came under fire for banning political banners in its club's stadiums."
The men's league recently moved to ban political displays, coming under fire from fans.
But the women's league has no such ban.
The Portland Thorns stated in August saying they would comply with the same rules as their partner club, the Portland Timbers.
"All of our operational staff for Providence Park games are the same," the club said.
"Having different rules for different teams creates confusion among staff and for fans alike."
"We also believe that what is allowed, for those wishing to trumpet opposition to fascism at MLS games, is also a fair and reasonable approach for Thorns and T2 games."
Earlier this month, a Utah couple were banned from waving their "offensive" Betsy Ross flag at soccer games by Major League club Real Salt Lake, who claims the star-spangled banner is a "symbol for hate groups."
The 13-star "Betsy Ross flag" is seen by many Americans as a symbol of America's victorious battle for independence from Britain.
Two die-hard soccer fans in Utah, Randolf, and Diana Scott are no exception, but they say their favorite team asked them to take down a Betsy Ross flag they were waving in the front row at a recent match.
According to the Scotts, the team dubbed the flag a "symbol for hate groups" and told them to take it down or be forced to leave the Rio Tinto Stadium.