Trump weighs in on Kaepernick situation

AP

It was only a matter of time until presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on the Colin Kaepernick situation. And it was only a matter of time until Trump said exactly what you would expect him to say about Kaepernick.

“Well, I have followed it, and I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Trump told The Dori Monson Show, via Buzzfeed.com. “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.”

The argument that Kaepernick’s concerns about the only country in which he ever has lived mean he should leave it easily can be turned around, however, to Trump and anyone else who is convinced that America needs to be made “great again,” which implies a clear belief that it’s currently not. And those people surely would say they have the right to stay here and try to make things better, which is precisely what Kaepernick is trying to do.

On Sunday, Kaepernick criticized both of the major-party presidential candidates, saying that Hillary Clinton has “called black teens or black kids super-predators” and has “deleted emails and done things illegally,” and calling Trump “openly racist.”

96 responses to “Trump weighs in on Kaepernick situation

  1. And so what made Kaepernick’s opinion worth anything in the first place? I would think that if a majority of the fans are proud Americans they would reject this ahole’s stance. The owners don’t care about anything other than money, certainly not any 5% publically supported opinions. The owners will ask the NFL to treat this as an integrity issue reflecting poorly on the NFL. 4 games minimum suspension.

  2. “And those people surely would say they have the right to stay here and try to make things better, which is precisely what Kaepernick is trying to do.”

    How do you know that’s what Kaepernick is trying to do, and what exactly good does sitting on your butt during the anthem do? Is he working with inner city politicians and police to make things better? Is he donating his time and money to the cause? Setting up scholarships? If you are going to claim he’s attempting to make things better then back it up with facts.

  3. How is Kaepernick trying to make things better? If he were actively working in that direction or donating a substantial portion of his large check to something he believed in (besides himself) he might have some credibility. As it stands he is doing none of that and is content to disparage others and the country as a whole. What a hypocrite!

  4. You had to know that this was going to happen as he lacks self control. Just like he’ll issue his backtracking response by tomorrow.

  5. There are only two things that get your typical American leftist excited: getting a government handout and running to defend anyone that bashes America.

  6. I like how Kaepernick thinks “sitting down” is doing something. That’s the laziest approach you could possible take. Guy has no clue. Maybe if he would stand up and do something, he could make a difference in whatever he is advocating for. Everybody with Kaepernick’s same view is used to sitting down and begging for a change with no real solution. He is only another problem.

  7. Trump and anyone else who thinks that Kaepernick HAS to stand while not realizing he has the freedom not to, should all move to N. Korea where everyone around them has to stand which would make all the brain dead sheeple Americans more comfortable.

  8. hokies4life says:
    Aug 29, 2016 7:32 PM

    Trump says “Make America Great Again” which means America is not Great. Kap is really saying the exact same thing.
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    Valid point.

  9. Kap has a right to do whatever he wants. I wore a uniform and protected his right to be a giant d-bag. If he is so upset and desires social change maybe he can part with a few of his dollars to actually help the oppressed. Otherwise he’s just a d-bag poser.

  10. After Kapernick gets cut and is finished crying racism he should join the Detroit PD and really go about making the changes he wants to bring about.

  11. Wait, so Trump (the draft-dodger) has NOTHING GOOD to say about life in America since his campaign started, but thinks Kaepernick is the one who should leave?
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    “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.”
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    If life is so bad and America never wins at anything anymore, he should maybe leave. What Kaepernick said is not for him personally, because he’s rich. By the way, he owes America nothing for that. He’s rich because he has a marketable talent, not monopolized by Americans. There are people from other places who play in the NFL.

  12. One way it is not better than it used to be is by all the division being fomented among us by groups seeking to divide us further.
    Our great strength is our diversity but, factions are working overtime to undermine that great aspect and to widen real divides and then to create even more.
    “The war on women”…..this was launched in the last elections and it is very illustrative of what I speak of.

  13. Kaepernick should do us all a favor and just leave this country he so disrespects. And if he really wanted to do us a favor he would take Trump with him…

  14. More players will join Kaepernick now. Soon the question will be if the NFL will find value in playing the anthem at all or risk having a national fan breakdown.

    My question to Colin is, what if the anthem is no longer played. What will be your next protest. How about if you do it on your platform, not the NFL. The league is not your league to eff up.

  15. I’m guessing that Kap will not be voting for either Trump or Clinton…way to go Kap, that’s how you change America. Kap’s plan to make a difference is to draw attention to himself, nice way to get attention considering he can’t play football. Heck, Dak Prescott has a better qb rating than him and its only preseason.

  16. I seem to remember a certain first lady saying when her husband became President, that for the first time in her life she was proud to be an American. Hmmm

  17. Anyone notice Sharpton is not seen. Every other ” black leader ” is mum, including the dummy president. ? Know why? They know Kaepernoballz crooked a sacred line. Know what else, it ain’t changing nothin. He gots ABC disease. Figure it out

  18. It really comes down to a very simple choice. Trump in the White House or organized crime in the White House.

  19. “crappygovernment says:
    Aug 29, 2016 7:30 PM

    You wouldn’t catch Tebow whining for Marxism like Kaepernick!”

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    Good god. Kaepernick isn’t “whining for Marxism” either- learn the definitions of the words you use before you use them. You obviously know nothing about Marxism. I’ll save you some time too: he’s not a “socialist” or a “communist” either. It’s disgusting when someone goes off not knowing what they’re going off about. Much like the angry orange clown.

  20. “And those people surely would say they have the right to stay here and try to make things better, which is precisely what Kaepernick is trying to do.”

    Yeah but, what is he actually doing to make things better except, basically, complaining about it by sitting out the anthem?

  21. I will still be voting for Trump…but that comment of his I disagree with……Running on the platform of patriotism and nationalism, you have to understand free-speech when you see it…

  22. Then Kap can go play for the CFL for peanuts. Period. Just because you can opt out of standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, doesn’t mean you should. He makes $11 million dollars a year!

    Give some of that money toward progress – not bitching about it! I guess he doesn’t think he can easily be replaced.

    I’d replace him immediately. Politics is not up for grabs here – FOOTBALL is.

  23. This coming from a giant tool who never served and slammed a war hero John McCain by saying ““He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”” Just wait, the donald will retract his statement and say it was sarcasm.

  24. Perfectly said Donald! Most Americans agree with you.
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    There’s a phrase you don’t see very often.

  25. Nobody in the history of America has ever “sat down” and changed what they were fighting for. In America, people “stand up” for what they believe in. Goes back to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, MLK peacefully marching down streets, and so on and so on.

  26. Personally I think Kaepernick has gotten so used to riding the bench, he thought he was doing the right thing!

  27. It really comes down to a very simple choice. Clinton in the White House or Russian organized crime in the White House. Take your pick!

    Last time I checked, it wasn’t Hillary who was kissing the Russian oligarchy’s cheeks and it wasn’t her campaign manager who took $13 million from the Putin administration to destroy Ukraine!

  28. The NFL is an escape from politics. Kaepernick should choose a different platform. It was a poor choice.

    Trump should focus on other issues. I’m embarrassed in front of the world that Trump and Hillary are the best we can offer for our national leader.

  29. “Kaepernick is the one openly racist not Trump. For that matter Hillary is racist and has always been. I guess Michael Jordan golfs with Trump because he’s openly racist. Ok.”
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    Yeah, Trump’s been associated with racism since the beginning of his career when while working for his father’s company it was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent to minorities. His multiple slurs against Mexicans are only the latest in a long line of offensive crap from this blowhard. But yeah, he played golf with Michael Jordan, so it’s all good. LOL. I guess that’s the level of analysis we should expect from a country where 40% of the people can’t name the Vice President or find Canada on a world map.

  30. Kaepernick is an anti-American idiot. I hope the team suspends him or releases him. He isn’t worth the distraction.

    Sitting during the national anthem is disrespectful. There are much better ways to get your point across, like writing to the president or his local congressman.

    VOTE TRUMP FOR 2016. At least he knows how to handle emails.

  31. First off i DON’T agree with Coppernickel,but didn’t our founding fathers break from England due to wanting freedom of press,speech and religion etc?Now anyone who exercise’s that right is dammed by the masses.I have family in the military and back them 100%, but where were all these folks on social media back in the 60’s when our Vietnam vets got spit on when they returned and disrespected by their government?

  32. Kap is a better American than Trump. When I say that, I’m not complimenting Kap…It’s like saying that something smells better than week old trash.

    Trump is a psychopath, cheat, and has always put self before country.

  33. For all of you saying that Kap will be out of the league , so what. He has 61Mill guaranteed. Guess being a bum QB paid off huh. While you bums that don’t make even $50k per year get on a blog and act like someone actually cares about your opinions. Keep his name in your mouths and this will never go away, yet some of you want it to magically disappear but can’t stop gossiping about it like little school girls. Smh.

  34. Sure, Trump had a response to CK’s conduct.

    What I find much more interesting, though, is that we haven’t heard from Clinton or Obama. Isn’t Michelle going to stand at a podium and tell us how courageous he is?

    At least we know where Trump stands, like him or not. Hillary and Barack obviously prefer to keep their opinions to themselves. After all…saying what they think is destined to offend some voters. They only say things they think people want to hear.

    I’m not sayin’ we shouldn’t trust people like that, but…

  35. I don’t really care if Kap sits during the anthem, it is rude and really stupid, but that’s what I expect from him. You know, zero class. My problem is that he took a fringe inflamatory political stand as soon as he opened his mouth, and explained why he sat.

    My problem.. The 49ers organization must agree with his views since he made his protest as a spokesperson for the team, in uniform, and at a game. And get this, they had no problem with it at all.

    If the team stands for those views, I see no reason to provide money to help push such a stupid, insensitive, radical political agenda that the team and Kap are pushing. My answer is that I will never watch another 49ers game, or buy products advertised during their games.

    If they cut Kap, and apologize, I will reevaluate. But if they are a political movement, not just an NFL team, I have no desire to help them reck the country I gave a lifetime serving.

  36. The President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World, and an African-American, needs to get on his spiffy jet and fly out to San Francisco.

    Then he needs to “invite” Colin to a private meeting. After clearing the room so he can have a one-on-one, he needs to say, “Son, you’re gonna start a war here. You’re inflaming a situation that’s already tenuous by fighting the wrong fight. That’s one thing we learn as we grow older and gain a bit of wisdom: pick your fights. I respect your determination to fight for what you believe in, but I really think saying that minorities are ‘oppressed’ is a little hard to sell. You may not know this, but I’m a Black man, and I probably wouldn’t be the President of the United States if we were truly being oppressed.

    “Don’t get me wrong, Son. We haven’t perfected society yet. But you’re smart enough to know that we’re never going to perfect it. The only thing we can do is continue to try to make it better.

    “Offending most Americans is not going to help us make this a better country, Colin. It’s just going to incite a great deal of animosity, and that can lead us in a very unpredictable direction. I’m asking you to change your game plan, respect the flag and anthem of the nation that ensures your right to speak freely, and help me diffuse this volatile situation.

    “Tell people you’re reassured by your President that we’re all fighting for an improved society, and that you’re going to respect our great nation, while personally lending your voice to the process of making it better. Do that for me, Colin.”

  37. Outside of trump twitter supporters I’ve been wondering where the white guys supporting trump are (I’m white). Don may or may not have an actual position on racism, but if you’re spent any time on twitter trump’s got more white surpremecists behind him than you’ll seen on a never-ending loop of american history x.

    as far as colin kapernick he may be a millionaire idiot and a crappy football player. however this hardly makes him unique. He and trump share many things in common, they’re both idiots, they both rely too much on their inheritence (one in $ and other in genetics), they both make statements completely ungrounded in fact and neither seem to care much whether anybody outside their team supports them. One difference is that kapernick actually believes what he says. Another is that unlike donald trump- the nfl WANTED kapernick.

    Personally I’m looking forward to both getting released in a few months. One can follow his pattern of restarting failed ventures and hire colin kapernick as his top TFL quarterback so old angry white guys can come throw rotten eggs for a year until it fails and bankruptcy is declare. Kapernick will have plenty of time to make something of his life as a 20-something idiot. Unlike the other one. Who by the way is running for president of the US rather than backup of the 9-ers.

    perspective is all i’m saying… my .02

  38. 1.1% GDP. GDP that low is considered a depression. Yes this country needs to be made great again.

  39. jredshoes says:
    Aug 29, 2016 7:47 PM

    Kap has a right to do whatever he wants. I wore a uniform and protected his right to be a giant d-bag. If he is so upset and desires social change maybe he can part with a few of his dollars to actually help the oppressed. Otherwise he’s just a d-bag poser.

    As did I. And I agree that if you really want social change then lets hear what you have in mind on how to start it. A wise man said anyone can say something is wrong but if you don’t do anything you are just complaining.

  40. pondbridge says:
    Aug 30, 2016 6:08 AM
    Kaepernick is desperate to get out of SF and go to Denver or Jets.
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    While that is true, he just made himself untouchable. No team will want the circus that comes with him now.

  41. “…find a country that works for him”? Like you did, Mr. Trump? Seriously doubt that he wants to move to Russia.

  42. Never Hillary. Never Trump.

    This country is hosed… We can vote for all that is wrong with politics (Clinton)… or the guy that’s been bankrolling them, hobknobing with them, and was asked to run against her by her husband Bill.

    No thanks. Vote different, folks. Trump’s in this to hand it to Hillary.

  43. Trump weighed in on Kaep: “Colin really stinks as an NFL QB” Tump said. “Remember when people were comparing Colin to Russell Wilson? Those people (and you know who you are) really look silly now don’t they”?

  44. How many people stand while the anthem is playing on TV before the football game? If you’re complaining about kap and you remain on the couch, you’re a hypocrite.

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