Does Trump know the national anthem? Debate rages after football title game

Getty									Zac Brown Band have performed the anthem at several major sporting events

Getty Zac Brown Band have performed the anthem at several major sporting events

Donald Trump has been criticised on social media after he appeared to struggle to recall the words to the U.S. national anthem.

Americans are very patriotic and singing the national anthem is drummed into everyone in school, with most citizens being able to to recall the words off by heart.

"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", wrote one user.

President Donald Trump provoked his own national anthem controversy on Monday night, first booed as he took the field before a big college American football game and then appearing to mumble and stumble his way through the words to the Star Spangled Banner.

It's also worth pointing out that Trump tweeted about the importance of the national anthem earlier today, saying that he wants our flag respected and "we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!"

And given the president's strong stance on the national anthem, it's no surprise that his critics pounced.

Looks like President Donald Trump, who has vehemently criticized NFL players for taking the knee during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, does not know the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" himself. He seemed more excited to sing along near the end of the song.

There was no such kneeling protest before the game as college players remain in their locker rooms during the anthem.

On Twitter, June Yoon said: "Our national embarrassment doesn't know our national anthem".

Video of the performance shows Trump mouthing some of the words, but he also appeared to have botched some of the lyrics.

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