SEC football may just mean more when you’re in the South, but it appears as though that rule does not apply to President Donald Trump.
When it comes to the national title game that President Trump attended on Monday evening, he didn’t seem to have enough of a rooting interest to see it all the way through– whether it be in person or on television.
Trump started the contest in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where he took the field and stood with his hand over his heart as the Zac Brown Band performed a wonderful rendition of the national anthem.
By halftime, it was reported by CNBC’s Steve Kopack that Trump had left the building and was on his way back to Washington D.C.
President Trump has just departed Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium. He left before Kendrick Lamar’s halftime performance.
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 9, 2018
While leaving early after making so many fans wait in lines to be examined by the Secret Service is less that ideal, the move is fair considering it was getting late and he does have a country to run.
But any college football fan would cringe at the next move.
According to Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post, Trump reportedly bailed the game as the plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base. Dawsey tweeted that the landing coincided with the missed kick that forced overtime.
We landed at Andrews just as Alabama missed the game winning field goal. Trump is not staying on the plane to watch overtime.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 9, 2018
Now, what we don’t know is whether or not Trump headed straight for a television in the White House, but based on the amount of time it took for Alabama to close the deal in the first overtime, it seems unlikely that the president would have made it to his television in time.
It’s worth noting that Georgia was winning 13-0 when he left, only to go on to lose the game 26-23. Of course, Alabama’s switch to Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback likely did more to change the Crimson Tide’s luck in the second half more than anything.