Donald Trump stumbles over words during national anthem

Trump National Anthem

President Donald Trump stumbled his way through a rendition of the United States national anthem at a college football game in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday night.

Trump has castigated players for protesting racial discrimination by kneeling during the anthem. But because of Trump's repeated defense of the song and the fact that he likely hears the national anthem more than most Americans, many expect him to know it.

Trump supporters backed him for standing upright, hand over heart and looking proud as punch.

Earlier in the day, the former Celebrity Apprentice host said during a speech to farmers in Nashville that "we love our flag and we love our anthem and we want to keep it that way".

He took to the field and lined up alongside USA army soldiers and prepared to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the game kicked off. Nevertheless, the slack-jawed national anthem performance on Monday night was a bad look.

Most of the players from Georgia and Alabama remained in their locker rooms during the anthem - though Alabama star running back Bo Scarbrough was caught on audio yelling "F-k Trump" in the tunnel at the Atlanta stadium before taking the field.

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But when the National Anthem began to play, several social media users noticed Trump was struggling to get through the words. He has publicly blasted several players past year for not respecting the anthem or the flag.

He also sang part of the national anthem - starting, then stopping, then starting again - which led some to speculate he didn't know the whole thing.

"We want our flag respected", he said, according to the Washington Post.

The White House has vehemently denied these claims, and the president took to Twitter to personally defend his mental health in a string of now infamous tweets.

Trump has been very vocal about the importance of honoring the flag and standing during the playing of the anthem, even calling National Football League players who disrespect Old Glory "SOBs". He has previously insisted that players who fail to stand should be fired or suspended.

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