Social media users are accusing President Donald Trump of forgetting the words to the national anthem (video below).
Trump attended the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta on Jan. 8 and appeared to have forgotten the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, the Daily Mail reported.
The president was reportedly greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos while taking the field. But when the national anthem began to play, several social media users noticed Trump was struggling to get through the words.
Video of the performance shows Trump mouthing some of the words, but he also appeared to have botched some of the lyrics. The president, who has consistently railed against NFL players for disrespecting the American flag by kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest, was also seen pausing during several moments of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Several Twitter users believed the footage was evidence that Trump doesn't actually know the lyrics to the national anthem.
"Oh my god. He was mouthing the wrong words," wrote one user. "Trump doesn’t know the national anthem."
"Trump’s been trying to get football players fired for kneeling during the National Anthem and this man can’t even mumble it on national television right," wrote another.
"It looked like Donald Trump just kept repeating 'applesauce' during the National Anthem," quipped another user.
Other users defended the president.
"For those grousing about Trump seemingly not knowing the words to the national anthem: 1) He's hard of hearing and 2) down on the field, the sound bounces around a lot and it's hard to decipher the music," wrote one user. "Singing along wouldn't be easy for him."
Still, other users felt Trump's poor performance was a sign that he might be developing dementia -- a rumor that has intensified after "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff claimed several people within his own administration frequently question Trump's mental stability and competency.
Trump took to Twitter on Jan. 6 to respond to the book:
Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.........Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.........to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!