It looks like Usain Bolt isn’t even fast enough to outrun the debate about the national anthem.
Late on Tuesday night, President Trump sent out a tweet from 2012 showing Jamaica’s Usain Bolt standing to the song. In the footage, he cuts from an interview to stand for the anthem
In his tweet, President Trump says that even Bolt, one of the best to ever do it, can show respect for America’s National Anthem.
The message was an obvious response to the NFL and its athletes after a week of debates. The debates are over football players who chose to take a knee during the playing of the song.
In the tweet from Tuesday, he said that the league had various rules and regulations. He says the only way the NFL can get back on his good side is to make another rule. That rule is that no one can kneel while the anthem is playing.
Usain Bolt Gets Pulled Into Anthem Debate
Last year, Colin Kaepernick, who played for the 49ers, began the protest. He would kneel during the national anthem as a statement for social inequality. Also, the way police treat black people within America.
As of now, Kaepernick still is not working for the NFL.
Last weekend, over 200 players, some even entire teams, took a knee during the anthem. The mass protest comes after the president called those kneeling a bunch of s.o.b.’s.
The footage of Bolts originates from the Summer 2012 Olympics in London. The runner was interviewing Spain’s Television Espanola. Viewers can see him quietly stop the interview to stand for the U.S. national anthem, out of respect.
Reports from the New York Daily News say that Trump didn’t just have the video at hand. They say that he may have found out about the footage from an intern of Trump campaign from Nevada. Over the weekend, the footage was on a site that is conservative.
Currently, there has been no response from Usain Bolt over the tweet.