Trump Gets "Mainly Cheers" at College National Football Championship

Trump Gets

The Zac Brown Band is uniting college football fans with their hair-raising performance of the National Anthem.

In recent months, NFL players have sparked fury from President Trump over what he perceived to be a lack of patriotism after they knelt during the national anthem prior to games in a protest at racial injustice.

"We want our flag respected, and we want our National Anthem respected also", Trump said during a speech to a farmers' convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Players for Alabama and Georgia were nowhere to be seen as the anthem was played, prompting some to wonder if they'd been kept in the locker rooms to avoid an unsightly protest in front of Trump. Unlike the NFL, nearly no college football teams take the field until after the national anthem, according to The Associated Press.

Trump attended the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta on January 8 and appeared to have forgotten the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, the Daily Mail reported. After a while, however, he appeared to lose track of the words, and began singing random words, with no concept of the song's tune.

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A third pointed out: "America, your President - doesn't know all the words to your national anthem". He has publicly blasted several players past year for not respecting the anthem or the flag.

But at the Alabama vs. Georgia game in Atlanta, as the president stood with the color guard during the anthem and appeared to mouth the words to the song, some questioned: Does Trump know the words to entire national anthem? Whereas people against Trump were critical of him not singing along fully.

Later, Trump took to Twitter praising Pence for leaving the game.

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. 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.

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