On Saturday, ex-President Donald Trump was speaking about the January 6 committee and Rep. Liz Cheney when the audience suddenly burst into song, belting out the Star Spangled Banner and forcing him to wait until they were finished.
Trump was speaking about the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 and his role in them, which he boasted about nicknaming the “un-select committee.”
“I never got any credit, I think that was one of the great names, unselects. They’re unselected. It’s supposed to be, you know they say, the select committee,” he said. He then turned to Cheney asking rhetorically, “by the way, how did Liz Cheney do? She lost by forty points!”
“Then the corrupt press, they say, ‘Liz Cheney we believe has a great future in politics.’ She lost by forty points, the single biggest margin a congressman or woman has ever lost by in history, and then they say, ‘we feel she has a fine future in politics.’ I don’t think so!” he said. “But January — all she does is January 6th, she’s like obsessed.”
“But remember this,” he continued. “January 6th, this committee, the two things they didn’t talk about, two things, was that the people went down there, and you could’ve had over a million people–”
At that point, a small section of the crowd began to sing the National Anthem.
Following the performance, the crowd cheered and Trump applauded as chants of “USA! USA! USA!” erupted.
“Wow that’s so beautiful,” said Trump eventually.
“You know when this whole big crowd stood up, I said, oh we have protesters,” he added, getting a big laugh from the audience. “And you know what? they are protesting. They’re protesting what’s taking place in our country, and it’s so bad and so wrong. It is a protest.”
Some Twitter users were puzzled and outraged by the moment.
Even his own cult is trying to shut him the hell up when he starts talking about his crimes on camera.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 23, 2022.
It’s a fucking cult…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) October 23, 2022
jfc what a bunch of wacko cultists!
— Charred Monsterson (@Green_Footballs) October 23, 2022
Others reacted differently to Trump’s use of the National Anthem to defend the January 6 riot and Capitol invasion.
The crowd at the Trump Rally in Texas broke out in singing of the National Anthem.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 23, 2022