Trump Enters College Football Championship to Cheers, but Is Eviscerated Over National Anthem

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There was roaring applause as President Trump was welcomed at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Monday night. 

He took the field at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium along with the men and women of the University of Alabama ROTC, smiling and waving to a stadium packed with 77,000 fans.

It was friendly territory for the president as there was only a smattering of jeers.

With his hand over his heart, Trump sang along with the popular country music group, the Zac Brown Band, as they belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Social media was quick to react, with one trending topic wondering whether Trump “just look like he forgot the words.” 

*mumbling intensifies*— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) January 9, 2018

After months of chiding NFL players for disrespecting the National Anthem, President Trump finally got his chance to show them how it’s done.— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) January 9, 2018

Trump was both cheered and booed as he strode to midfield for the national anthem — sounded like mainly cheers. He stood stoic at midfield, hand over heart, mouthing words.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 9, 2018

As the national anthem was played, the teams from Georgia and Alabama were nowhere to be seen because they were in the locker rooms, a college tradition that ensured there wouldn’t be a take-a-knee controversy.

A video captured inside the stadium tunnel led many to believe that an Alabama player yelled, “F*** Trump!” before taking the field.

The athlete in question, Bo Scarbrough, was quick to clarify his choice of words, tweeting: “If y’all really listen I said Georgia.”

On the field, Alabama’s freshman quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, became a hero after launching a 41-yard touchdown pass to seal the game in overtime.  

Trump watched the game from a private suite, but left at halftime.


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