Trump Sings National Anthem, Forgets Words Despite Preaching Respect For It

Taylor Byrd
January 10, 2018

He placed his right hand over his heart and mouthed the words while Zac Brown Band sang "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Mr Trump was on the sidelines of an NCAA National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama on Monday (US time) when he joined a country music group and gospel choir to lead a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

The president has been extremely vocal in urging respect for the U.S. national anthem.

A few weeks ago, President Trump was excoriating NFL players for disrespecting the National Anthem.

Mr Trump remembered to put his hand over his heart but seemed to forget the lyrics before making a fumbling recovery.

But as some on Twitter pointed out, right-wing critics who once called out what they considered to be President Obama's inadequately large American flag pin, could not by the same standard consider it a reverential performance.

The president has attacked players who kneel for the anthem a movement started by Colin Kaepernick
The president has attacked players who kneel for the anthem a movement started by Colin Kaepernick Mike

Still, other users felt Trump's poor lip-singing was a sign that he might be developing dementia - a rumor that has intensified after "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff claimed several people within his own administration frequently question Trump's mental stability and competency.

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough was caught on a camera yelling "F*** Trump" in a tunnel ahead of the game.

Check out the video here. He has publicly blasted several players a year ago for not respecting the anthem or the flag.

He said: "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem". In October 2017, he had also asked Vice President Mike Pence to leave an Indianapolis Colts game early after the players knelt during the National Anthem. "Just show some respect for your country", Don Jr. wrote.

He also sang part of the national anthem - starting, then stopping, then starting again - which led some to speculate he didn't know the whole thing.

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