The President Tweeted A Video Of Hockey Fans Standing For The Anthem — From Last Year

Trump inserted old footage of an NHL military appreciation event into the current debate about whether athletes should protest police violence and racism during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted a video of hockey fans standing for the national anthem, making his latest call for athletes to respect the flag during sporting events.

19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem! #StandForOurAnthem🇺🇸

"19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem!" Trump tweeted late Saturday, using the hashtag #StandForOurAnthem.

The video shows hockey players and crowds standing with members of the military for the anthem. The text #StandForOurAnthem is displayed in the footage.

The hashtag, of course, refers to Trump's recent opposition to professional athletes protesting during the national anthem. Trouble is, the NHL video is from last year.

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The Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues game was broadcast by NHL on NBC on Nov. 9 2016. A clip from the game was viewed more than 4.5 million times on Facebook.

The emotional video shows 19,000 fans joining in singing the anthem during a military appreciation event ahead of Veteran's Day in 2016.

Trump, however, has repeatedly said that the only issue at play is respect for the flag.

Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!

The president has also said that Americans overwhelmingly agree with him.

That's up for debate, but even as reasonable people disagree about the First Amendment, the prevalence of racism, and the responsibilities of professional athletes, it's clear the 19,000 hockey fans in the video were focusing on veterans — not Trump's 2017 fight with the NFL.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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