Trump ridiculed online for child-like reaction to national anthem

US President Donald Trump has been criticised for appearing to fidget and point during a rendition of the national anthem.

In video obtained by the Miami-Herald, the US President can be seen moving about while The Star-Spangled Banner plays during a broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday night (local time).

Trump, who was at a Super Bowl party at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, in the US state of Florida, appears to point as the anthem is sung.

He also appears to pretend to conduct an orchestra.

Donald Trump waves his arms in the air and then points as the US national anthem plays on TV during the Super Bowl.
Donald Trump has been criticised for moving around during the singing of the national anthem. Source: Instagram via Miami Herald

While the White House is yet to comment on the video, it’s led to a load of criticism.

Democratic senator Eric Swalwell called the US President a “self-centred man-child”.

Other people echoed that criticism, questioning what Trump was doing.

“Is something wrong with him? That doesn’t seem normal for anyone,” one woman tweeted.

Another woman tweeted, “maybe we should elect an adult in November” while another compared his behaviour to that of a toddler.

The leader of the free world has often criticised NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem – a move made famous by former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick as a protest against racism.

In September 2017, the US President told people at a rally in the US state of Alabama he would like to see NFL players stood down for kneeling.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!” he said.

“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it (but) they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

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