Does President Trump Not Even Know The Words To The National Anthem?

Does President Trump Not Even Know The Words To The National Anthem?

Does President Trump Not Even Know The Words To The National Anthem?

Before the game, Trump renewed calls for players to sing the national anthem, tweeting: "We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!"

Footage from the field before the game shows Trump standing with members of the US Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps as "Star Spangled Banner" rang out across the stadium.

"For those grousing about Trump seemingly not knowing the words to the national anthem: 1) He's hard of hearing and 2) down on the field, the sound bounces around a lot and it's hard to decipher the music", wrote one user.

Previous surveys have found that many American's don't know the full lyrics to the U.S. anthem, but for the United States president, a man who has attacked footballers for their actions during the anthem, his inability to sing the lyrics proved unpopular online.

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

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

But while Trump himself has added fire to this issue, there are legitimate reasons why the president may not have sung the entire anthem. Trump struggled to keep up with the rest of the crowd, and critics have charged that the President displayed a lack of knowledge of the anthem's lyrics.

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Trump has been sparring with the NFL over "take a knee" protests during the National Anthem since the start of the season.

The game also featured a halftime performance by Grammy-award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, who has been critical of the president in the past. He has publicly blasted several players a year ago for not respecting the anthem or the flag.

Social media commented that it appeared the president doesn't know the words to the song - which is especially peculiar because of his repeated stance that the country's flag and anthem must be respected at football games. He has previously insisted that players who fail to stand should be fired or suspended.

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