As everyone else around Trump (including his wife and youngest son) stood solemnly with their hands over their hearts, Trump fidgeted, waved his hands, pointed at people and pretended to conduct the music.
The video of the president cutting up during the anthem, first reported by the Miami Herald, was part of an Instagram story posted by a real estate agent at the party, which was held for a select group of the president’s supporters. The event cost American taxpayers $3.4 million, according to an analysis by HuffPost.
Boy. Good thing Trump is not a black NFL player, because otherwise this behavior would probably be really disrespectful and bad.https://t.co/hWoN4n2KJo
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) February 3, 2020
Our troops are worthy of a commander-in-chief who respects them. Instead, they’re being led by a self-centered man-child. https://t.co/QsHwtNz7mg
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 3, 2020
Trump has said that athletes who take a knee at NFL games to protest racism and police brutality — a movement launched by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — should be fired because they’re disrespecting America and the military.
“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing — you shouldn’t be there,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in 2018, adding, “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”
When a football player takes a knee, the team owner should “get that son of a bitch off the field,” Trump told a rally in 2017.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer)sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans. Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 3, 2020
The Miami Herald mocked Trump in an editorial by sarcastically noting his “burst of patriotic fervor.”
It’s “amazing that so many ‘patriots’ who brandish the flag and wear the red cap actually don’t mind any of this,” the editorial noted.
There were other tweets:
Well, as long as he didn’t take a knee. pic.twitter.com/zwSuC2dGOJ
— Cathleen McFarland (@catmcfarland) February 3, 2020
Where is the outrage from his supporters over this?
— greeneyed lady 🆘️ (@crpswarrior1) February 3, 2020
That’s what a 3 year old would do.
— E. (@esther_reedy) February 3, 2020
Maybe we should elect an adult in November.
— cathy vogt (@pgdayton) February 3, 2020
Is something wrong with him? That doesn’t seem normal for anyone.
— Betsy (@KyBetsy) February 3, 2020
— 🥀Thursday’s Child - Rosellen 🥀 (@alice4u2010) February 3, 2020
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