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Trump joins Braves fans in ‘tomahawk chop’ in World Series Game 4

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Trump joins Braves fans in ‘tomahawk chop’ in World Series Game 4

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Former President Trump joined Atlanta Braves fans’ tomahawk chop celebration on Saturday night as he attended Game 4 of the World Series Braves and Houston Astros.

Trump was in a suite at Truist Park with former first lady Melania Trump and others. When the celebration was scheduled, Trump and other Braves fans let loose.

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The tomahawk chop was a source of controversy as the World Series returned to Atlanta. The gesture was decried as offensive to Native Americans.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about the move earlier in the week. He said the Braves had backing from the North Carolina-based Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians about three hours from Atlanta.

“The Native American community in this region fully supports the Braves program, including the chop. For me, that’s kind of the end of the story. In this market, we take the Native American community into account,” said Manfred. Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the tomahawk chop cheer before the fourth baseball World Series game between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Atlanta.
(AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Richard Sneed, senior leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, told The Associated Press he would like to focus more on other issues that plague Native Americans, including poverty, unemployment, child abuse , sexual assault and suicide.

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Trump joins Braves fans in ‘tomahawk chop’ in World Series Game 4

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Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the tomahawk chop ahead of the fourth World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Atlanta.

“I’m not offended by someone waving their arm at a sports match. I just am not. If anyone is, it’s their prerogative, it’s 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.

Trump joins Braves fans in ‘tomahawk chop’ in World Series Game 4

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A fan holds a sign that reads “the chop is racist” during the ninth round of World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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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 made our position repeatedly and unequivocally clear: Native people are not mascots, and degrading rituals like the ‘tomahawk chop’ that dehumanize and harm us are not. have no place in American society, ”said NCAI President Fawn. Sharp said in a statement, adding that the Braves should change their nickname and the shows should stop retransmitting the gesture.

Manfred, however, supported the Braves and believed they were right about the Native American community.

“I don’t know how all Native American groups across the country feel,” he said. “I am 100% sure that the Braves understand what the Native American community in their area believes and have acted on that understanding.”

Trump joins Braves fans in ‘tomahawk chop’ in World Series Game 4

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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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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