President Trump was seen in a video pretending to conduct a band during the national anthem at his Super Bowl party in Florida on Sunday. Mr. Trump has previously reprimanded NFL players for showing "total disrespect" byto protest racial inequality and police brutality.
In a 50-second video clip obtained by the Miami Herald, Mr. Trump appeared to be fidgeting, gesturing towards others in the crowd, and waving his fingers in the air like an orchestra conductor at his Mar-a-Lago resort as pop star the anthem on televisions in the background. First lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, had their hands over their hearts — while Mr. Trump did not.
According to the newspaper, the video was originally posted by "a real estate agent for a Russian-American firm who frequents Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties and events." It was posted as an Instagram Story, which expires from Instagram after 24 hours. The footage appears to be flipped because it was recorded in selfie mode.
Mr. Trump has preached reverence for the anthem in the past. He said inthat NFL players should be fired for protesting during the anthem and tweeted that players who kneel are "showing total disrespect to our Flag & country." In 2018, he told "Fox and Friends" in an interview that players must stand "proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing."
"Maybe you shouldn't be in the country," he added.
The protests became a flashpoint after former San Francisco 49ers quarterbackduring the national anthem to bring awareness to racial injustice in America in 2016, inspiring athletes across the league and other sports to embrace the movement.