President Trump stands for National Anthem at the Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.
The President took to the field of the NCAA Championship football game in Atlanta on Monday night, standing and singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Trump was announced to a varied combination of cheers and jeers as he entered the Mercedes-Benz stadium in a dark suit and red tie. Waving and smiling to the crowd of thousands, Trump walked onto the field to hear the Zac Brown Band sing the National Anthem.
With his right hand on his heart, Trump smiled and occasionally sang along with the band.
The players, as is normal in college football, were not yet on the field for the anthem. The President then smiled and waved as he walked off the field. The players stormed the field shortly afterwards.
Some people were not exactly receptive to the President’s visit.
Plans for the President’s visit had been met with criticism from the NAACP. Atlanta’s NAACP chapter said on its Facebook page that fans inside the stadium for the College Football Playoff title should send Trump a message by waving white towels “simulating a blizzard.”
“We will not let the President’s visit go without a response. If you are lucky enough to attend the game, we encourage you to bring a white towel to wave simulating a blizzard while the president is in the packed stadium,” the group said. “Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm.”
One Alabama player, identified as running back Bo Scarbrough, was not impressed. He was caught on tape yelling ‘F*** Trump’ before the game, according to Sporting News. The video, posted to Twitter, shows the team walking off the field apparently after pregame warmups.
Warning: Strong Language in video.
Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough yells “F— Trump” before tonight’s title game. pic.twitter.com/RhuhRyNFHh
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 9, 2018
Trump’s appearance at the game followed a speech he gave in Nashville earlier Monday to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention.
“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,” Trump told people at an annual gathering at the American Farm Bureau.