Either Donald Trump is losing his memory, or the big oaf is not truly the patriot he plays to rile up his base.
For the last several months, Trump has been juggling many rage-induced conspiracy tangents, all of which are tools to help distract the American public from the havoc he’s wrought in such a short amount of time.
One of his favorite targets is the kneeling protests started by former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. This has been a favorite talking point for Trump, as it garners plenty of the media attention he so desires. Meanwhile, his band of loyal followers happily gobbled up his conflation of Kaep’s peaceful demonstration with anti-American ideology.
Kaepernick has long debunked that narrative, explaining time and again that his protest is meant to bring attention to police brutality against black Americans, a growing epidemic which spawned the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
In fact, Kaepernick himself did not choose the kneeling position – he actually conferred with Navy Veteran Nate Boyer who suggested Kaepernick kneel instead of sit to remain reverent to those who have died while serving the country while also exercising his first amendment right to protest peacefully on the platform he worked so hard to attain.
That hasn’t stopped Trump from claiming to be the greater patriot, so much so that after he uninvited the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House on Monday, he filled the Tuesday slot meant for them with a celebration of American patriotic songs.
At least that’s what it appeared to be. The whole ceremony played out like a glimpse inside Trump’s addled mind with no coherent beginning or middle. If you looked away, you might have missed it.
Unfortunately for Trump, footage from his brief spectacle captured him singing the wrong words – or sometimes none at all – during a rendition of “God Bless America” while standing alongside the United States Army Chorus.
It was hard to miss, since cameras zoomed in on the fame-hungry president’s face. The internet was quick to lash out, but one of the most perfect responses came from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who delivered this spicy retort to the Idiot-in-Chief:
So he cancels the SuperBowl party at the WH, disinvites the PhiladelphiaEagles, says he’s holding a patriotic ceremony instead to send a message to the NFL — and then he proves through a little song we are all forced to memorize in 1st grade why he’s the worst possible American. https://t.co/NaqHFd5gEN
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 5, 2018
“So he cancels the Super Bowl party at the WH, disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles, says he’s holding a patriotic ceremony instead to send a message to the NFL,” Moore summarizes before going in for the kill.
“Then he proves through a little song we are all forced to memorize in 1st grade why he’s the worst possible American,” finishes his epic burn.
One slight edit might make Moore’s point more pungent: Trump isn’t just the worst American, he’s the worst kind of person, tapping in to the emotional reaction expected of those who have served or lost love ones in the war only to ultimately insult them with his ignorance.
It would have taken very little effort to brush up on the words of the song, or even have them available for reference on a teleprompter at the ceremony. Instead, Trump noticeably stumbles, stanza after stanza, over the lyrics at a patriotic celebration he demanded.
The gullible members of his party who fell for this bit will certainly bring about their own downfall in the end, we just have to hold on hope that they don’t pull the rest of us down with them.