Donald Trump is getting criticized after a video of him joking, fidgeting, pointing, and pretending to conduct the music while the national anthem played during his Super Bowl LIV watch party at Trump International Golf Club in Florida surfaced online. Said footage was posted by a real estate agent who works for a Russian-American firm, the Miami Herald reported.
Trump caught mocking the National Anthem during the #SuperBowl.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 3, 2020
Since we know the GOP takes a zero-tolerance stand against any display of disrespect toward the flag, I expect the right will be offering a full-throated condemnation.
...Any day now.pic.twitter.com/lMcwYfkPog
Trump's fidgety response to the national anthem comes one day after people got incredibly bent out of shape over seeing JAY-Z and Beyoncé seated as Demi Lovato performed her rendition of the national anthem at Hard Rock Stadium.
Amidst the backlash for how he initially conducted his national anthem protest, Colin Kaepernick received an open letter from ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer, who didn't appreciate the sight of the former NFL quarterback sitting down during "The Star-Spangled Banner." After his message went viral, Kaepernick reached out to Boyer to set up a meeting where the two could discuss, among other things, how Kaep could respectfully continue his protest without offending the military.
Boyer suggested that Kaepernick kneel. Even though Kaep tried to go about his protest in a respectful manner, the mere fact that he didn't "stand proudly" was a major problem for Donald Trump. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem," Trump said in 2018. "Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country."
Trump has repeatedly said Americans should “stand proudly” during the national anthem, and publicly chastises those who don’t as disrespectful of the troops.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 3, 2020
Well...this seems to be not standing proudly.
Trump fidgets, points, pretend-conducts the band https://t.co/cxj3qIe11s
Sure glad we spent the past few years listening to Trump’s faux outrage over kneeling during the national anthem! He obviously takes this song very, very seriously. pic.twitter.com/qgA5NSeUG2— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 3, 2020
Hypocrite, thy name is Donald. https://t.co/LAqfEZMHxW— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 4, 2020
Hey @TheRickWilson: If there was ever a video to use in an anti-Trump commercial, it's this one showing Trump during playing of the national anthem - fidgeting, waving, moving chairs and then waving his hands around conducting. What a "great" "American."https://t.co/3UUUNtWTdN— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 3, 2020
Four different Fox shows ran segments this morning on Beyonce and Jay-Z not standing for the national anthem at the Super Bowl.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 3, 2020
Meanwhile, "As others stand at attention for anthem, Trump fidgets, points, pretend-conducts the band" https://t.co/aLlVsePlAp pic.twitter.com/4gTcookoSU
In September 2017, Trump said when someone disrespects our flag during the national anthem, the owners should say "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now...He's fired."— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 3, 2020
But last night during the Super Bowl, Trump was caught goofing off during the national anthem. https://t.co/iADcqxr8O7
For someone who claims to be such a patriot (and who attacked NFL players protesting police brutality), it sure doesn’t seem like @realDonaldTrump has a lot of respect for the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/VrPBx1HXzo— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) February 3, 2020