Critics took glee in pointing out how Trump had railed against football players failing to respect the national anthem. President Donald Trump was in attendance at the national championship game, and some claim that footage of him during the Anthem proves that he does not know all of the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner". In 1942 the National Anthem Committee wrote that "it is of paramount importance that emphasis be placed upon the singing of the National Anthem".
Trump supporters backed him for standing upright, hand over heart and looking proud as punch. "Which one is more likely?" Nearly made me cry. But as country artist Zac Brown broke into the song's first few bars, every set of eyes in the building remained fixed on President Donald Trump, who took in the game's first half from a luxury box.
What's really amusing about that is that there are a few times where he clearly ... like he absolutely knows what part's coming up, like "The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in the air", he knew that, I mean he nailed it.
"There's plenty of space for people to express their views and to protest, but we love our flag and we love our anthem, and we want to keep it that way". BBC News journalist Anthony Zurcher pointed out on Twitter that it can be hard to hear the anthem on the field, and singing along isn't always easy.
"We want our flag respected, and we want our National Anthem respected also", Trump said during a speech to a farmers' convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trump has been very vocal about the importance of honoring the flag and standing during the playing of the anthem, even calling National Football League players who disrespect Old Glory "SOBs".
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.