Over the last couple of days, Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem has garnered national headlines, amassed tons of backlash, and of course, it was only a matter of time before we heard what Donald Trump had to say about it.
Earlier today, Trump appeared on The Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio in Seattle, and during their conversation, the GOP presidential nominee was asked about Kaepernick's actions Friday. "Well, I have followed [the Kaepernick story], and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing," Trump said. "And you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it won’t happen."
When asked about his decision to sit out the national anthem, Kaepernick told Steve Wyche of NFL Media it was in response to how the country "oppresses Black people and people of color." Last week, Trump spoke at a rally in Ohio where he made a lackluster pitch to African American and "The Hispanic" voters by repeatedly asking, "What do you have to lose?"
His apathetic plea for the minority vote not only sparked outrage, but it showed his inability to connect, or at the very least, empathize with the issues that face people of color on a daily basis. Through Kaepernick's decision, Trump was once again confronted with this same matter, which resulted in him urging the San Francisco 49ers quarterback to "find a country that works better for him."
Instead of suggesting that Kaepernick find a country that works better for him, Trump should try to find a way to make this country work better for him, but more importantly, all people of color. But this is type of reaction we should come to expect from someone who, as of August 10th, was in fourth place among black voters, no?
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