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Sunday, July 15, 2018

GOP nominee Donald Trump said Monday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might want to “find a country that works better for him,” after Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem.

“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Trump stated. “I think it’s a terrible thing.”

Kaepernick received a slew of media attention for refusing to stand during the national anthem and later told that he did not believe in standing up to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick continued. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

According to a recent piece by Jon Schwarz at The Intercept, Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem draws on a long history.

Schwarz wrote that “The Star-Spangled Banner” “literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans.” Although the song stops at the first verse, the third verse specifically references the embedded practice of slavery in the States:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The song was written during the War of 1812, during which the British military specifically recruited American slaves to join them. The poem was penned by Francis Scott Key the night the British attacked Fort McHenry. Key’s line in the third verse about slavery was meant to celebrate the death of slaves that had tried to free themselves.

Key also held slaves himself, as Schwarz reports.

Trump has a history of tone deaf comments directed at minorities and has shown no understanding of the issues facing blacks in America.

Kaepernick, for his part, has suggested that he does not support either major presidential candidate.

Photo: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL pre-season football game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, U.S. August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

34 Responses to Trump Suggests Kaepernick Should Find A New Country; But Kaepernick Is Right

  1. Your unbelievable Ms. Sareen!! He is not protesting the song – he is protesting the flag!! In any event, it is disrespectful as it disrespects all those men and woman of all colors and creeds that fought to keep this National free. There are other ways that spoiled brat could protest or, he could work within the system to change things . He makes millions throwing a football – so oppressed is he.

    • He is protesting the sanctioned murder of blacks, stop lying.

      We are not a national, we are a nation, stop lying.

      He’s not spoiled or a brat, and showing sympathy for those less fortunate than yourself is not a crime; STOP LYING.

      • If you want to lay blame then go to the source.The American people including millions of those horrible racist white people like Mark voted for Obama. The true less fortunate are the victims of black on black gang violence that plagues the Democrat ran inner cities. Those deaths are ignored by Obama and the black lives matter movement. It seems that inner city black lives are of no concern to BLM, Obama or Capernick. Blacks can slaughter each other faster than ISIS kills infidels in Syria without hearing a peep from the leftist race baiters but if one black thug who victimizes other blacks is shot by a cop then war is declared. You have your priorities mixed up.

    • Why are the people who lecture others on Why Racism Is Great always illiterate? I mean, aside from the obvious.

  2. I think that it is not a coincidence that Kaepernick suddenly became unhappy with this country and decided to sit on the bench during our national anthem at about the same time that he was told to sit on the bench during games because he lost his starting role as QB and is no longer the center of attention as the alpha male leading the team on game days but is just a reserve holding a clipboard. It’s funny how that happens!

    • Hag sLander!!

      I was wondering when your poisonous oozes would fill the bucket and require you to throw it at someone for.. well, being black without permission, I suppose.

      • Pouty spoiled boys who had the football taken away from them have no color……..they just have curled pouty lips as they sulk in anger at no longer being the center of attention. Even a smug liberal like yourself who has a hard time gripping a football because it hurts his delicate hands can understand that concept.

    • I pretty much disagree with you most of the time but I think you’re onto something here. Chip Kelly’s response was typically PC but I’m sure he did it to keep politics from destroying team cohesion. Kaepernick has a history of being
      a malcontent so this could be an attempt at “hey look at me”.
      Some of the folks from the NFL Network have also thrown around that same theory.

  3. I would never say I’d never, [do as Kaepernick.] I can say it would take a lot. Although I do strongly defend his Right, as I do all Americans Right, to peaceful decent, and free expression. After all, what value is there in a forced act of allegiance? Would it truly honor our concepts of liberty, and freedom? Would such an act be allowed in N. Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and so on? I’m pretty sure in would not.

    • Standing is not being “forced” on anyone. It is purely voluntary. This man is disrespecting the only country that has a prohibition of slavery and the freedoms outlined in the bill of rights embedded in it’s constitution. That flag represents the people of the USA and the sacrifices so many have made to secure his freedom to protest. If he really wants his protest to matter he should retire with his millions and go to the source of the problem,the government. He should request an audience with those in charge;Congressional Democrats and the biggest culprit of all; Barack Hussein Obama.

      • Your contentions about slavery aside. We were actually one of the last Countries in the Americas to ban the institution. But okay, I guess, socially coerced might have been a better way to describe the pressures for a celebrity, or any one to stand up for the flag, if they didn’t feel so obliged. However, I stand by my original position. That it should be something, if done, only done for the right reason. Because the feelings of honor and allegiance are real. After all, the sacrifices you mention weren’t made so that individuals in America could be browbeat into going against their conscience.

        If the druther is, I’d druther not. Fine. That is your Right. Not to worry, most will still stand for Old Glory. Don’t like Barack Obama, fine. Not to worry. He was chosen by the People to be our President, twice. So stand for that, or remain seated. Your Right. #America, already the Greatest Country on Earth!

        • Actually the incentive to stand for the national anthem should be national pride,not social pressure. Even Michelle Obama decided she was finally proud of America when her husband was nominated in ’08. Not liking someone has never been the point. The greatest country on Earth is being turned into just another mediocre member of the world by a president who thinks America is too arrogant and needs to be brought down a few notches. I have watched the Democrats slowly bring this country down since I first started paying attention to politics in the eighth grade during the LBJ-Goldwater election. Obama has put that degradation of America into overdrive. Anyone who can’t see that isn’t paying attention. Kapernick and you need to open your eyes.

          • So you say you believe America is a terrific country, that’s being made mediocre, and laid low by its majority. By its President, you don’t like, or agree with, etc. and so on… and on, and on…
            Okay fair enough. And so, do you know what that is, at the end of the day? Your little ol’ opinion, that overall the majority, and sometimes the vast majority like in Johnson’s landslide victory over Goldwater, are just wrong, and you, in the minority are right. Which some other people could just as easily make the same point. If you got a beef with democratic principals, or with the sitting President the People elected. Don’t degrade, and bring down the Country with your pithy personal attacks. No, as a patriotic American you should have deference to the Office he holds, in order show respect to the Country he represents. And at least try to be constructive, and save your vacuous vitriol for the pool hall, or Donald Trump rallies, same thing. See, now you have my opinion…

          • I have immense respect for the office of president. The holder of that office must act as a president,not a dictator. Obama using executive orders to create laws that he wants is not the act of a public servant. It is the act of a dictator. It is also a violation of article one of the constitution. Left or right, a dictator is not someone who deserves respect. My little ol’ opinion is just as valid as yours is. You tell me charlieo1. What would you call constructive,sitting on my hands and saying nothing about the wrongs I see? What have I said to degrade my country? Please specify. If you mean my criticism of Obama I have news for you. He ISN’T America.

          • Hyper critical charges made by willful obstructionists of dictatorial actions are simply not substantiated by fact of law, or precedent.
            Have you felt the oppression, and tyranny? Well, neither have I.
            Look, this President has been called every name in the book, and publicly accused of every crime imaginable. To the point I’ve been convinced there is nothing so low, so out of bounds, so untruthful,
            his detractors will not say. Until, I like the majority, who’ve witnessed such in action over the past 7 years, assign them no credibility at all.

          • I posted a link to the text of article one section one of the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Since you probably didn’t open it I will post the text as read from my own personal copy………”ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE VESTED IN A CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF A SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES” Giving executive orders or regulations from divisions of the government the power and authority of a bill signed into law is unconstitutional. Have I felt the oppression of tyranny? Yes, and you have too even if you don’t see it that way. Leftist like you see not giving Obama everything he wants on a silver platter as obstructionism. If Bush did these things and a Democrat congress denied him the laws he wanted, you would agree and see their actions as justified. But then again,he is long gone. A democrat is now president and should always get what he wants,right charlie? As for Obama’s actions being lawful,I have some information for you. Here is a list of his violations of the law of the land [the constitution].

          • Republican run House, Republican run Senate. So don’t show me RW magazine articles, show me the articles of impeachment, if the President has been so unlawful, and dictatorial.

          • Now the facts are a partisan issue. OK,so be it. We are now entering the land of silly. In the house there is a Republican majority. That is all it takes to impeach. The Senate is another story altogether. It takes a 2/3 majority to convict. The Senate has 100 members. In order to remove the president 67 Senators would be required to convict. There are 54 Republicans in the Senate. In order to convict, every Republican and at least 13 Democrats would be needed.THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!!!!! The house knows it. I know it, and YOU know it. Only an idiot would think the impeachment of Obama would succeed. You expect the house to start a fight they can never win. Sorry,but they aren’t as stupid as you wish they are.

          • Why wouldn’t the House want to bring it all out in the open? If it were true, that is. They could hold up the whole breaking the law, and being an unconstitutional dictator thing, for the whole country to see, fact by unlawful conniving fact. Then the lying liberal press they claim has helped Obama cover it all up would have to cover the trial, and show the American People once and for what the dishonest Democrats are all about. Especially if they turn a partisan blind eye to the evidence in the Senate.

            But, if it’s a all pack of lies the GOP are making up after all, and that came out in the hearings, it would be a different story. The thing is, it’s a lot safer politically speaking to just to come on Fox News, and make a lot spurious innuendo, about a lot of who shot John. Know what I mean? Then just keep saying it over and over, as if it were the truth, until hopefully enough gullible voters believe it, so it helps turn a seat red here or there. Which sounds about right to me. Otherwise, if they got the goods, what are they scared of?

          • Since when are Obama’s actions NOT out in the open? Quit making excuses. I am 100% right. There are thousands of videos and written statements from Republicans outlining his crimes. They know they don’t have the votes,plain and simple. An unsuccessful attempt at removing the first black president would forever label them the party of racism. They know that to be fact. Fortunately for them,they aren’t as stupid as you wish they were.

          • So nothing happens but the gutless shills go on Fox and run their yaps, and gripe about the terrible “unconstitutional Obama.” While their fawning devoted base makes excuses for them. All the very definition of worthless. All because Republicans are afraid of being labeled racists? Since when? Let me tell you something, that ship sailed a long time ago. I mean their 98% White, and they nominated the head Birther guy to lead their Party and be President of the Country.

          • You are one of the most clueless idiots I have ever debated. labeling an opponent a racist is one of the easiest things for race baiters to do and one of the hardest accusations to shake. If you don’t know that then you are retarded. The label of racist can end your career.In your last sentence you proved my point nimrod.You stated that an impeachment trial against Obama would prove to you that Republicans are racists. You admit that trial would glue a career ending label to Republicans but can’t understand why they don’t voluntarily commit professional suicide. That ship you mentioned is populated mostly black voters and hate filled self hating white Democrats. There are still millions of level headed Democrats and independents to make an election competitive. You are a sheltered little child with no idea of the realities in this world. If one of the shills on MSNBC or CNN pours you a glass of their regressive kool ade you drink it obediently like a good little kid. It is you and the Democrat party that are the racists. The party of Jim Crow, Bull Connor,George Wallace,Nathan Bedford Forrest,Robert Byrd and the KKK have never changed. They still keep blacks on the plantation. It has just changed to one of multi generational dependence on government for their survival. The only thing they ask in return now is unshakable loyalty in the form of votes. You need some common sense from someone other than me………..

          • Then why are Republicans afraid of being branded as racists for losing the impeachment vote in the Senate, if it’s only retards like me that would think so? They were not afraid of nominating the head Birther movement for President. Do tell this dummy why you think David Duke is so excited about Trump? Or why it is the GOP is so darn White? I mean, if Democrats are so determined to keep Blacks on the Plantation. Wouldn’t one think a lot more Blacks would know this, and become Republicans? You aren’t making much sense for a smart proud Righty. I think the facts favor my original suspicions. That Republicans are not bringing impeachment charges against President Obama, because they are full of it, and they know it.

          • Please tell me why you think Trump and Duke are some kind of buddies? Is it because that kool ade you drink told you so? Most likely. You can think the facts favor you all you want. I know for a fact you are wrong. History backs me,not you. Tell me jackass,do you think the people in those videos were retarded? Did you even watch them? You are the one who is full of it by believing your masters in the Democrat party. You are so used to the ring in your nose you don’t even see or feel it.

          • I read David Dukes endorsement, is how I know. That’s kool aid?
            And either the facts do not support the Republicans contentions of
            grounds for impeachment, or they are lying, and don’t want to get caught. One or the other. Fact is, they are just mudslingers, and bull sh!tters without a plan. And so, lying about the opposition is all they have. A bunch of fakers, frauds, and pretenders, shilling for the big money fat cats, lying about the Black Guy, and Mexicans to the White Blue Collar crowd for distraction. But Hey! If it floats your boat! But it’s really not much of a boat.

  4. I have nothing against his protest. However, he is AT WORK, not on his own personnal time. The NFL will eventually put an end to these kinds of political type protests, as is their right.

    I actually agree with that minorities are being oppressed in this country. Blacks, especially have been taking it on the chin for a long time. While many to most of you will blame racism, I will blame political interference and poor governmental policies, by all colors and creeds of politicians. But, on to the football player himself, because as usual, the media, generally don’t get all the facts or simply ignore them for political reasons.

    A QB in the NFL requires lots of study time, lots of concentration and a little talent. Kaepernick’s fall from the graces of QB excellence began in 2015 and has continued downward since, and as of now is more known for this protest than his football play, despite his 118 million dollar contract he is currently working under and NOT living up to his end of the deal. But WHY? Because his life changed.

    In July 2015, Kaepernick converted to Islam during the offseason AND he
    is engaged to Nessa Diab, a Black Lives Matter activist who promotes
    what she calls “authentic Islam.” The Kaepernick’s will also have a
    traditional Muslim wedding.

    As a new convert, the time spent to practice his new religion has destroyed his mental ability to play the QB position at a high level. His upcoming marriage to a Black Lies Matters activist may have a little to do with his current state of protest. These are his choices and he is entitled to them. But don’t expect him to be wearing a football uniform for long, his priorities have changed. His play is proof.

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