After Donald Trump was caught on video disrespecting the national anthem during the Super Bowl, Fox host Martha MacCallum, supposedly a straight news anchor, interrupted her Democratic guest to vouch for Trump’s patriotism.
Last night, MacCallum interviewed Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) before Trump’s State of the Union. During that discussion, Swalwell slammed Trump over a video that has emerged of him fidgeting and waving his arms as an air conductor during the Super Bowl. It’s the hypocrisy, of course, given that it comes from a guy who has viciously attacked others for not respecting the anthem.
But, predictably, that hypocrisy was completely lost on “ultimate professional journalist” MacCallum as she leapt to Dear Leader’s defense when Swalwell called it out:
SWALWELL: My two-year-old showed more respect when the national anthem was played at the Super Bowl than the president did. And it’s not really about talk, it’s about actions, and this president - and the way that he talks about how others disrespect the national anthem - has disrespected it himself. But the actions of not acknowledging what our troops went through in Iraq when Iran retaliated and dismissing their brain injuries as just headaches. And so that’s what I’m talking about. It’s not gonna be about the words that he said to praise our military. We all can do that. It’s about the actions he takes.
MACCALLUM (interrupting): So wait, let me get this straight. Let me get this straight. So, you’re saying that you believe that the president disrespects, doesn’t have respect for the military. And when you look at the amount of funding that has gone into rebuilding the military, and the work that’s been done for veterans – I’m talking about – you’re talking about a slice of video which might have been, you know, an awkward moment. I’m gonna chalk it up to that because I’ve always seen the president standing with his heart over his, with his hand over his heart when the anthem is played. So, I think any one of us, you know, one moment of, second of video that’s a little bit distant is pretty hard to use as a broad sweep of someone’s character and patriotism.
You can watch “ultimate journalist” MacCallum bury Trump’s hypocrisy below, from Fox’s February 4, 2020 coverage of the State of the Union address.
1. Who wrote our National Anthem?
A) Francis Scott Key.
2. When was it written and what were the circumstances under which it was written?
A) I was written on September 14, 1814. It was based on a poem, The Defence of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, which took place during the War of 1812. I KNOW that our Dear Leader must be able to tell you THAT simple historical fact, right? (LOL)
3. How many stanzas does it have?
A) No Trumpie, I said STANZA, not Castanza! There are FOUR stanzas or verses. Do you know ANY of the words? Hell, I’ll bet you don’t know the words of the FIRST stanza. Too bad you weren’t awake in your 5th Grade classroom!
4. When did The Star-Spangled Banner become our National Anthem?
A) The answer is March 3, 1931….and for bonus points, the President who signed the proclamation making it so was Herbert Hoover.
I’m SURE that everyone on the curvy couch could answer all of these questions, right? Of course, every Trump would have no problem with this simple bit of American history, right? Don’t hold your breath on this one!