So, for all of you patriots who carried on about how disrespectful Collin Kaepernick was for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem; all of you who issued death threats and basically ended his NFL career: what are you going to do about this?
Trump has repeatedly said all Americans should “stand proudly” during the national anthem, and publicly chastises those who don’t as disrespectful of the troops and the flag.
But during the national anthem at his own Super Bowl watch party Sunday night, a brief video posted to Instagram shows Trump greeting guests, adjusting his chair, and straightening his suit jacket as other attendees — including first lady Melania Trump and their teenage son — stand with their hands over their hearts. As “The Star Spangled Banner” crescendoes, Trump raises both of his hands in the air, and twirls them around as if conducting the music.
The video was included in an Instagram story by a real estate agent for a Russian-American firm who frequents Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties and events.
Trump entered his party at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach as Demi Lovato was introduced to sing the national anthem at Hard Rock Stadium, videos of the moment show. It’s unclear from the video of Trump “conducting” whether the anthem you hear is Lovato, projected on screens around the room, or if a live performer is singing at the club.
(The video appears flipped,or mirrored, likely because it is an Instagram video recorded with a phone’s selfie camera. That is why Melania Trump appears to have her left hand across her chest and there is a backward numeral 4 in the video. The Herald chose to retain the original orientation as it was posted on the social media site.)
It will be interesting to see how the White House explains why Trump behaved like a fidgety four-year-old when everyone else seemed to understand the moment and very good chance that someone would be recording it. I’ll be waiting to hear how this is nothing at all like Mr. Kaerpnick’s moment, and they’d be right: his was a silent and unobtrusive action that could even be interpreted as respectful; a lot of people kneel to pray. And I’ll be waiting to see how they respond when the White House tells us it’s all a hoax, fake news, and that wasn’t really him.
But it was him. It was the real Trump. He’s been playing his base like the gullible fools he truly believes they are and getting away with it, just as he did with the Access Hollywood pussy-grabbing tape. He knew that would not hurt him; in fact, it probably helped with the Truck-Nutz crowd and the women who enable them. So this is nothing new; this is really him, and this shows you of the 40% base who will forgive him for anything — racism, misogyny, extortion, rampant corruption — exactly what he thinks of you: that you’re pigeons ready for the plucking.
So, MAGAtroids, pluck you.