Trump knows both teams fairly well; he was warmly welcomed at the LSU-Alabama game in November in Tuscaloosa, Ala. “Regardless of your political views, that’s pretty cool, having the president at the game,” LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the hero of the championship game Monday night, remarked then. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, [having] a president at the game is pretty cool.”
Trump hosted Clemson at the White House last January after it won the national championship. That visit, which came during the government shutdown, made headlines because Trump served a fast food smorgasbord to the athletes and coaches. Trump also attended the Army-Navy game last month.
Lindsey O. Graham and Tim Scott, the Republican senators from Clemson’s South Carolina home state, were among the lawmakers who flew with Trump to New Orleans, The Post’s Josh Dawsey reported. Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and a Clemson graduate, was on the field before the game.
Asked which team he was rooting for, Trump replied, “Both.”
Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner, passed for 463 yards and five touchdowns (he ran for 56 yards and another score) as LSU scored 21 points in the second quarter and never looked back.