The controversial President of the US, Donald Trump, was present for a college football game earlier today. As is tradition the President took to the field for the national anthem but detractors of the President—who has been criticised for his frank and often inflammatory remarks—are claiming that video footage shows him struggling to sing along with the words.
Video footage appears to confirm that the President did indeed have difficulties with reciting the lyrics, showing him failing to recite all the words. That doesn’t necessarily mean he forgot them but it does come hot on the heels of the recent release of a tell-all book written by his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon which claims that the President is suffering from mental instability and possibly even early onset Alzheimers. Critics of the current regime are undoubtedly going to link the footage of Trump struggling to sing along as further proof that his mind is slipping. You can check the clip out for yourself below.
Trump doesn’t know the words to the anthem?? pic.twitter.com/NkGI95hX6c— adam ferrone (@_rone) January 9, 2018
Meanwhile the President’s supporters have rushed to his defence.
“For those grousing about Trump seemingly not knowing the words to the national anthem: 1) He's hard of hearing and 2) down on the field, the sound bounces around a lot and it's hard to decipher the music. Singing along wouldn't be easy for him,” Tweeted Anthony Zurcher.
Others, however, are not so convinced.
“For those grousing about Trump seemingly not knowing the words to the national anthem: 1) He's hard of hearing and 2) down on the field, the sound bounces around a lot and it's hard to decipher the music. Singing along wouldn't be easy for him,” Tweeted another user, Tony Posnanski.
Pledging allegiance to the flag and reciting the anthem is serious business however there are no laws stipulating that the President must sing along or follow guidelines, rather it is a matter of personal taste. Barack Obama drew significant criticism when during his 2008 inauguration he did not place his hand over his heart as is customary.
But what do you guys think? Is this another sign that Trump is going mad? Or is it just his critics being overly sensitive? After all, Anthony Zurcher does raise a good point. It can be really hard to sing along to a song when you’re stood in the middle of a stadium with the sound blasting all around you. On the other hand, the video doesn’t exactly make Trump look like he’s the sharpest tool in the shed. We at DigZoo love to hear your opinions, so let us know in the comments below!