Fans at the Congressional Baseball Game booed President Joe Biden after he made an unexpected appearance at the Wednesday event.
The GOP side of the stadium exploded in boos, with some spectators shouting, “Joe sucks,” when Biden, wearing a Beau Biden Foundation hat, was escorted to the field, according to The New York Post.
The president then moved to the third-base dugout, where he had an exchange with the members of the Democratic team. At the dugout, Biden also spoke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, The New York Post reported.
JUST IN 🚨 Joe Biden greeted with ‘boos’ from Republican side at Nationals stadium when he arrived for congressional baseball game
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 29, 2021
After chatting with the Democrats, Biden also greeted the GOP lawmakers at the first-base dugout. While there, he reportedly faced more booing from the fans of the Republican team. (RELATED: Biden Hands Out Ice Cream At Baseball Game While Infrastructure Negotiations Intensify)
President Biden was booed at Wednesday’s Congressional baseball game in Washington D.C., a win for the president since it was not the other popular, more profane chant usually paired with his name, says @CortesSteve. pic.twitter.com/vkqCn7I0Bp
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 30, 2021
The Republican team hit an out-of-the-park home run, securing a 13-12 win over the Democrats a few moments after the president left the field.
Democrats’ intra-party divide has threatened Biden’s economic agenda, with moderates like Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin criticizing the $3.5 reconciliation deal and progressives pledging to withhold their support for the infrastructure bill if the larger package is not passed.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill has already passed through the Senate and only requires House approval before going to Biden’s desk, while the larger package will require a Senate vote following House negotiations.