Jan 09, 2018
President Donald Trump's appearance at the national college football championship game Monday night was met with protests both at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium and on social media, where critics also noted that the president appeared to forget the words to the national anthem.
-- Josh Sanchez (@jnsanchez) January 9, 2018
Trump mouthed words to some sections of the song but appeared lost during others, just hours after his latest attack on football players who have kneeled during the anthem prior to games in protest of the United State's epidemic of police brutality toward black Americans.
Here is a video of Trump 'singing' the #NationalAnthem.. He clearly doesn't know the words, yet he thinks Colin Kaeprnick is "a son of a bitch" for kneeling during that very anthem.#NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/s0K8ZJCJdB
-- Remove Trump Now (@KaniJJackson) January 9, 2018
\u201cAs a military veteran who has watched Trump, a coward who never served and received five draft deferments, slam Colin Kaepernick as unpatriotic for peacefully protesting, I am beyond livid that he doesn't know the words to the National Anthem.\n\n#NationalChampionship https://t.co/QhOd8htVYt\u201d— firstname.lastname@example.org (@email@example.com) 1515465312
The football game commenced just after a new analysis was released showing that Trump speaks roughly at a fourth grade level, with the worst vocabulary of any president since Herbert Hoover. The study, by the political analysis firm Factbase, followed the president's tweet over the weekend in which he claimed "Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart."
\u201c\u201cI know words. I have the best words.\u201d #FourthGradeTrump\n\nhttps://t.co/KjLzYMPFDY\u201d— Dave Davies (@Dave Davies) 1515508115
At the game, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP urged protesters to wear white and wave white towels at the president as he stepped onto the field, playing off the term "snowflake," frequently employed by Trump supporters to describe overly-sensitive liberals and progressives.
The group also organized a tweetstorm protest during the event, in which it posted various lies the president has told since announcing his run for president in 2015.
\u201cLie 6: \u201cBetween 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.\u201d https://t.co/JkKfx79aYj #ATL #AllTrumpsLies\u201d— Georgia Alliance for Social Justice (@Georgia Alliance for Social Justice) 1515457800
More than two dozen demonstrators with the group Refuse Fascism gathered outside the nearby headquarters of CNN--another frequent target of the president--to voice their support for athletes who have knelt in protest this season.
Meanwhile, the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America greeted the president with a series of messages projected onto the side of the stadium.
\u201c"Fuck Trump" was projected onto Atlanta's football stadium last night https://t.co/IvZHbjAKH8\u201d— Newsweek (@Newsweek) 1515502209
\u201cIn our city, we demand SANCTUARY for all\u201d— Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51 (@Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51) 1515457738
\u201cPatients not profits #m4a\u201d— Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51 (@Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51) 1515460997
\u201cBut there\u2019s a message there for everyone and it is that people can unite, that democracy from below can challenge oligarchy, that imprisoned migrants can be freed, that fascism can be overcome, and that equality is emancipatory\u201d— Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51 (@Atlanta DSA \ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf51) 1515461410
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