Donald Trump obviously thinks he can use anyone to back up his nonsensical fight with the NFL players – even Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.
The US president is railing against American football players who protest police brutality by refusing to stand for the National Anthem.
It might seem to you that the First Amendment protects protests like that, but Trump doesn’t see it that way. He is calling on fans to boycott the NFL as punishment for the players’ lack of “patriotism.”
And he tried to use Usain’s popularity to win public support.
He tweeted a five-year-old video of the Jamaican track star cutting away from a live television interview so he could stand for the U.S. national anthem.
And he added:
Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!
But we Jamaicans don’t respond kindly to obvious publicity stunts (even when accompanied by abject flattery). Team Jamaica promptly told Trump to leave Usain out of his “politricks.”
And Twitter exploded with similar admonitions.
Let’s hope Trump has learned a lesson. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but don’t try it with us Jamaicans.
As an old Jamaican saying goes
You think we born big so?