Trump tweets 2012 video of Usain Bolt honoring national anthem


The NFL protests are Jamaican President Trump crazy.


The Tweeter-in-Chief shared an old video from the 2012 London Olympics Games on Tuesday night of legendary sprinter Usain Bolt stopping a live interview with a TV station to show respect for the U.S. national anthem.


“Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!” Trump tweeted, furthering his crusade against the NFL and its many players who knelt during the national anthem on Sunday.


In the video, Bolt is conducting a live interview for Television Espanola and politely cuts off the reporter questioning him track-side to stand at attention as the U.S. national anthem begins to play in the arena.


The 5-year-old video may have been brought to Trump’s attention on Monday morning when one of his followers, Angelo Ray Gomez, tweeted it at him.


“Usain Bolt, who isn’t even from the US, stops live interview to pay respects to our National Anthem. Kneeling athletes disrespect America,” he wrote to Trump.


Gomez, who was a candidate for mayor of Henderson, Nevada in 2017 and received just 370 votes, worked as an intern for Donald Trump’s Nevada campaign.


The clip of Bolt also resurfaced on TheGatewayPundit.com, a conservative blog, over the weekend.


“On Sunday over two hundred NFL players and staff knelt for the national anthem. Over a dozen NFL players took a knee during the US national anthem at their London game. But not all athletes disrespect the US flag and its anthem,” the website wrote in the post about the Bolt video.

In the video, Usain Bolt is conducting a live interview and politely cuts off the reporter questioning him to stand at attention as the U.S. national anthem begins to play in the arena.

(David J. Phillip/AP)


The site then wrongfully identified the video, writing it was from the 2016 Olympics.


Trump told reporters Tuesday he is “ashamed with what was taking place” in the NFL over the weekend.


Earlier in the day, Trump continue to crucify the league on Twitter, saying “”Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!”


He added that the NFL should “set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”

Buffalo Bills players take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 24, 2017. The symbolic kneel comes two days after Trump's harsh comments on players who don't stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner." NFL player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last year as a way to peacefully protest police brutality against African Americans in America.

Players kneel during the national anthem


Trump most recently began bashing the NFL starting last Friday, when at a campaign rally in Alabama, he called on team owners to fire any players who protest during the national anthem.


“Get that son of a b—h off the field now,” Trump said, alluding to former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, during his speech in support of Sen. Luther Strange.


Following the comments,100s of NFL players — joined by some team owners — dropped to a knee, linked arms or remained in the locker room this weekend as a form of protest.

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