Careful! On his way out, Obama may burn down the White House in protest. It was built by slave labor, doncha know?
Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem was about the athlete exercising his constitutional rights, Barack Obama said on Monday.
Speaking at the G20 summit in China, the president said he supported the right of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback to protest against racial inequality in the United States.
Obama said he hadn’t paid close attention to the protest but said Kaepernick “cares about some real, legitimate issues”. Kaepernick’s protest has generated both criticism and praise, with some saying it is disrespectful to the military, an allegation that Kaepernick has denied.
Obama said the quarterback was the latest in a long line of athletes using their position to speak out on social issues. “My understanding, at least, is he is exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so,” Obama said.
Kaepernick has said he will continue his protest until he sees “significant change” in the way black people are treated in the US. “Sometimes [protest is] messy and controversial and it gets people angry and frustrated,” Obama said. “But I’d rather have young people that are engaged with the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people that are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”
Kaepernick has also pledged to donate $1m to community projects. “I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard,” Obama said. “I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about.”
Donald Trump is talking about legitimate issues. Kapernick talks bullsh*t. And anytime, anywhere that anyone with an anti-American agenda pops up, there will be Obama endorsing him or her.