New video has emerged showing Donald Trump mugging, fidgeting, and acting very bizarrely at his Super Bowl watch party on Sunday night during the singing of the national anthem. The Miami Herald reports that the video was posted to the Instagram account of “a real estate agent for a Russian-American firm who frequents Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties and events.”
The video shows a sea of white people standing in some kind of dining room, while a woman (presumably Demi Lovato) sings “The Star Spangled Banner.” Trump bounces about, lifts his hands as if he’s conducting, and points repeatedly at someone across the way. It is hard to tell if Trump’s pointing to someone off camera is some kind of admonition, or simply him acknowledging someone. Melania Trump stands next to him with the awkward smile she wears during everything her husband does. As the tape abruptly ends, it looks like Trump is pulling out his chair to sit, well before the anthem is over.
To say Donald Trump is full of shit is to reiterate a truism so hackneyed and worn thin at this point that it feels like it isn’t news anymore. But it is. Trump is a liar. He is a hypocrite. His attacks on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem before sporting events were relentless. The fact that he so clearly does not care or have any real convictions outside of himself, that every single person not named Donald Trump mean less than nothing to him, is what is terrifying about his absurd level of power in our country’s government.