Donald Trump may want to brush up on the lyrics of the national anthem before hitting up his next college football game, as a new video shows the president once again struggling to sing along with “The Star Spangled Banner.”
A viral video from the president’s visit to the Alabama-LSU game on Saturday showed Trump appearing to forget the words to the end of the national anthem as others around him continued to sing the song. As the Independent noted, Trump was seen stopping at the penultimate line in the national anthem and looking to those around him before joining them again for the final line.
The clip drew attention from some of the president’s critics, who took the chance to needle the man who has attacked athletes who protest during the national anthem. Trump famously called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the anthem, but now has repeatedly appeared to have his own struggles with remembering the words to the song.
The video was something of a black eye on what the president likely saw as a redemptive appearance in a state where his popularity remains high. Trump attended Saturday’s game in the deep red state after a pair of embarrassing appearances at sporting events. The president attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, D.C., where he was met with deafening boos and chants of “Lock him up!” at National Stadium. Days later, Trump attended UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in his previous home of Manhattan, but was again met with loud booing, despite what sports pundits said should have been a Trump-friendly crowd of MMA fans. Alternatively, when Trump appeared at the Alabama-LSU game, he drew mostly cheers, along with some scattered boos.
Critics said Trump’s appearance at the game was an attempt by him to draw those cheers. While conservative pundits shared video of the crowd cheering the president and Trump himself posted a collage of photos of him at the game as an apparent form of vindication, the appearance was not without controversy. The clip of Trump appearing to forget the words to the national anthem began to draw viral interest as well, with many taking to social media to share the video.
— Bobby Dupree (@bobbydupree) November 10, 2019
It was not the first time that Trump has struggled with the song. Another viral video from January 2018 showed Trump on the field with military officers before the College Football Championship Game, singing along to part of the anthem before abruptly stopping and appearing to forget the words.