Add Colin Kaepernick in the percentage of people who do not trust either presidential candidate this election season. According to the New York Times, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback says both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are “trying to debate who is less racist.”
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said to reporters. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.”
These comments came the day after the first presidential face-off between the candidates. On the flip-side, Trump recently has discussed he is not a big fan of Kaepernick’s protest and called it a “terrible thing.”
“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Kaepernick’s actions. “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 even went so far as stating, “maybe he should go to another country.” When a reporter asked the NFL quarterback to respond to Trump’s remarks, Kaepernick called it ignorant.
“It’s a very ignorant statement that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here, and that if you want justice, and liberty and freedom for all, that you should leave the country. Umm, no,” he said. “He always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color, and, you know, that’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”
Despite the hate, President Barack Obama came to Kaepernick’s defense saying he has the right to protest.
“Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation,” Obama said. “But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion.”
No word yet on Hilary Clinton or her campaign responding to Kaepernick’s comments.