Trump gets sporting boos and cheers in USA south

Pauline Gross
January 10, 2018

In a not-so-veiled slap at the Kneel-FL, President Donald Trump hit the field for the national anthem before tonight's Alabama-Georgia College Football Playoff Championship Game in Atlanta.

A few dozen protesters gathered near the stadium before the game, shouting anti-Trump slogans. But Trump has refused to back down.

But then President Donald Trump decided to make an appearance on Monday, presumably playing to his base in the Deep South states of Alabama and Georgia.

Yet, Trump didn't receive a warm welcome as his motorcade pulled up to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Activists have attempted to correct Trump, pointing out that the players are protesting racism and police brutality, not the flag or the anthem.

At the time, Pence said, "I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our national anthem". Wearing white is apparently meant to mock the "snowflake" label that Trump's supporters made popular.

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At 6 p.m. ET, the NAACP Atlanta's Twitter account will also tweet a list of alleged falsehoods told by the president during his first year in office.

Flanked by members of the armed services Color Guard and ROTC members, Mr. Trump placed his hand on his heart and appeared to mouth along to much of the anthem as Georgia's Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed.

Before his apparent anthem flub, Trump was welcomed onto the field by a mixture of boos and cheers.

Most of the college players remained in their locker rooms during the anthem.

Trump is expected to join Alabama's radio broadcast for an interview at the end of the first quarter with play-by-play man Eli Gold and analyst Phil Savage. But that he chose this particular game, between the University of Alabama and University of Georgia, reveals something about Trump's preferred terrain for waging his culture wars. Rapper Kendrick Lamar, who has been a critic of the president, was set to perform during the break.

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