The Trump Files: Watch Donald Get Booed Mercilessly at Wrigley Field

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In case the election polls weren’t enough evidence that Donald Trump should probably stick to his day job, here’s more proof, just in time for the first World Series game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field since 1945. The TV station WGN, famous as the broadcasting home of the Chicago Cubs, unearthed a video last week of Trump at Wrigley Field singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”—very, very badly.

It’s a Wrigley tradition to have guests lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch, and on July 9, 2000, it was Trump’s turn. “We hear ‘The Donald’ practiced for two weeks leading up to his appearance here and was very confident he would bring the house down,” reported the Chicago Tribune. Whatever practicing he did, it didn’t help. Trump’s shouty, off-key rendition was practically drowned out by boos before it was halfway through. (You can’t quite hear if Melania, standing next to him, did any better.) As Deadspin accurately put it, “He sounds like shit.”

To be fair, Hillary Clinton didn’t get much better treatment when she sang at Wrigley as first lady in 1994. According to the Tribune, “boos rang out when she was introduced, and a plane flying overhead pulled a sign reading, ‘Hillary, U have the right to remain silent,’ a reference to the Whitewater affair.”

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