President Donald Trump continued a multiday crusade against athletes who kneel during the US national anthem by tweeting a video of Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.
“Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem,” Trump wrote Tuesday night.
The 2012 video shows Bolt, a native of Jamaica and an Olympic sprinter who owns eight gold medals, cutting an on-camera interview short to pause for the US national anthem at the Olympic Games in London.
Bolt turns away from the camera and his interviewer, and stands in silence with a Jamaican flag draped around on his back.
Trump has spent nearly a week sounding alarms over athletes who kneel during the national anthem. The gesture is a peaceful protest meant to call attention to racial injustice and police brutality, as noted by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the anthem in 2016.