Making fun of someone for being unemployed doesn’t seem like it would be a smart move for a sitting president. But that’s essentially what Donald Trump did on Monday night.
While delivering a speech at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Trump inexplicably took a shot at former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It sounds like Trump is taking great pride in the fact that Kaepernick is not currently signed to an NFL team, and he thinks he may have something to do with it. He believes NFL owners are shying away from inking Kaepernick to a deal because they know Trump is not above calling them out for doing it on social media.
"Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him," he said. "There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?"
Trump then added that he was talking about Kaepernick with those gathered in Kentucky "because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."
This is not the first time Trump has gone after Kaepernick. Shortly after he started taking a knee during the national anthem before games last season, the QB called Trump "openly racist." And that led Trump to fire back when the then-presidential candidate was asked for a comment about Kaepernick during a radio interview.
"I have followed [the Kaepernick story], and I think it’s personally not a good thing," Trump said. "I think it’s a terrible thing. And you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen."
Trump’s comments came just one day after Spike Lee took to Instagram to question why an NFL team hadn’t stepped up to sign Kaepernick:
Spike continued to ask that same question on Tuesday morning in light of Trump’s most recent comments:
Kaepernick is yet to respond to Trump.