If you've been paying attention to the news cycle lately, between threatening to kill us all with nuclear warfare and other terrifying embarrassments, Donald Trump has a real bone to pick with the NFL.
Specifically, with black football players who kneel during the National Anthem in order to protest police brutality, initially begun by Colin Kaepernick.
In Trump's view, the peaceful protest is disrespectful to our very nation, rather than part of a long history of trying to change the country for the better through demonstration:
At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
The Daily Dot reports that Trump made a big stink about his own love of flag and country right before going to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to kick off the national championship game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.
But when it came time to actually sing the anthem, things didn't go so hot.
It kind of seems like Trump doesn't actually know the song?
Maybe he just doesn't know where he is, or he's thinking about the two scoops of ice cream waiting for him at home in front of the TV and the warm blare of Fox News.
Maybe he was disoriented because he was reportedly booed as he entered the arena. At certain points, he gave up on singing entirely:
People couldn't help but point out the hypocrisy of the president seemingly not even bothering to prepare for this public event where he would surely be scrutinized:
All that rocking... does he do that? What part of STAND AT ATTENTION involves rocking and tapping your chest? Can you say ‘short attention span’?— suzee (@mtl_honeybrown) January 9, 2018
he kinda made a big deal out of honoring the national anthem tho, and he doesn’t bother to learn it?— margeaux ❄️✨ (@pandatropia) January 9, 2018
Trump either never knew or forgot the words to the national anthem.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) January 9, 2018
➡️If it's the former, then he can STFU about Kaepernick et al kneeling.
➡️If it's the latter, then Paw-Paw's night nurse needs to come fetch him.#TuesdayThoughts#NationalChampionshippic.twitter.com/gIrkK1e8EQ
Trump knew he was going to a football game to perform patriotism during the singing of the national anthem and STILL didn't bother to prepare. Ooowee, Lord, give me the confidence of a below average white man.— Akilah Green (@akilahgreen) January 9, 2018
Remember when Beyonce was accused of lip syncing the national anthem so she sang it live at a press conference ok cool so what I'm saying is let's do that with Trump— Kate Spencer (@katespencer) January 9, 2018
Donald Trump doesn’t even KNOW the national anthem after castigating black athletes for kneeling during it! Do you know how much grief Obama would have taken for not knowing these words? The denouncements would gave been deafening... pic.twitter.com/R8OjgdMSPT— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 9, 2018
After that National Anthem fiasco I feel that Obama is well within his right to demand that Trump produce his birth certificate.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 9, 2018
That Trump spent months railing against black NFL players peacefully demonstrating during our national anthem, only for it to be shown that he doesn’t even know the words to our national anthem… that really just ties it all up neatly with bow, doesn’t it?— Neal Rogers (@nealrogers) January 9, 2018
The National Anthem is a long and complicated song, and most people don't know the whole thing by heart. But when you're a nationalistic president who is constantly berating people about their levels of patriotism, people certainly expect you to show up prepared.