The people have spoken.
Donald Trump's attendance at game five of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals prompted loud and sustained boos directed at the president. As he stood and waved prior to the fourth inning, Trump received a loud chorus of booing as well as chants of "lock him up," a reference to his supporters' motto against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
The actions of the crowd have been subject to support from many, but disapproval can be found on both sides of the political aisle. Democrat Chris Coons denounced the chants as disrespectful to the office of the president, and news anchor Joe Scarborough described them as "sickening."
And while purposefully bringing someone down is never the right thing to do, America's political climate has an unfortunate dark side that tends to facilitate rabid animosity between two sides.
Booing and chants against Trump are no different in nature than the bullying that Trump encourages against his opponents on a daily basis, especially at his rallies.
Trump rallies have been famous for harsh and violent language against the President's adversaries. The "lock him/her up" chants find their origins here, being directed first at Hillary Clinton and later at Joe Biden, both of whom at one point posed a threat to Trump's presidency. Trump bases his entire political brand on dividing the country into supporters and enemies, and anyone who crosses him can expect to be put down much in the same way that he himself was put down at the World Series.
To be horrified at one of these instances and not the other is peak hypocrisy.
The office of president has no right to the respect of the people if it fails to return that respect, something Trump has failed to do time and time again. A discussion about political respect in this country has been due for a while, but the singular instance of collective ridicule at the World Series Game is far from the breaking point.
Mutual respect is sorely lacking in today's political climate, but respect is a two-way street. The people are under no obligation to show respect for the president if he refuses to do the same. So no, jeering at the President on a large scale isn't necessarily right, but it's also not the most "sickening" or disrespectful thing that has ever happened in politics. Stepping back and taking a look at the bigger problem — that public jeering and chanting at the World Series game was a proportional response to the President's relentless bullying — is a far more productive approach to solving the problem of political animosity once and for all.