Trump caught disrespecting national anthem during Super Bowl party

Despite repeated attacks against those who kneel, the president doesn't appear to take the anthem all that seriously.

Feb 3, 2020, 7:27 pm

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Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

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President Donald Trump has been accused of disrespecting the national anthem after video uploaded to Instagram shows the commander-in-chief goofing off during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The video, according to the Miami Herald, was captured during a Super Bowl party at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. The video was then uploaded to the Instagram of a “real estate agent for a Russian-American firm” known to regularly visit the president’s numerous properties.

Attendees of the party, including first lady Melania Trump and the president’s teenage son Barron, can be seen with their hands over their hearts as the anthem plays in the background. Trump, on the other hand, was captured fidgeting and mingling with guests before attempting to imitate a band conductor.

The Herald notes that both the White House and the Trump Organization have declined to comment on the video.

The footage immediately led to criticism of the president, who has repeatedly attacked football players for kneeling in protest of police misconduct during the anthem.

In just one example, Trump during a 2018 interview on Fox and Friends spoke out against NFL players who chose to kneel.

“You have to stand, proudly, for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing,” Trump said. “You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

In response to the video, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) called the president a “self-centered man-child” on Twitter.

“Our troops are worthy of a commander-in-chief who respects them,” the politician said. “Instead, they’re being led by a self-centered man-child.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump supporters either outright defended the president’s actions or made excuses as to why his behavior was unworthy of criticism.

“At least he’s standing,” @HeyJenConway argued.

News of the video also comes shortly after Trump supporters on Sunday protested music artist Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z for sitting during the anthem at Sunday’s game in Miami. The two incidents, conservatives have argued, are not the same.

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*First Published: Feb 3, 2020, 7:27 pm