Colin Kaepernick addressed the reasons underlying his protest, and it included critiques of both major presidential candidates. It is no surprise then that Donald Trump got a question about it on Monday at an event. The Republican presidential nominee said that “maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
Trump on Kaepernick: "Maybe he should find a country that works better for him." (h/t @BuzzFeedAndrew) pic.twitter.com/XdpBs9j2YB— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 29, 2016
I know we have Trump supporters among the many readers. But I’d like some clarification. One of the many common replies people give about protests like this is, “Well, if you don’t like the country, go live somewhere else.” I’ve gotten all sorts of that in my Twitter mentions.
My issue is this: Donald Trump’s entire campaign is built around “making America great again” because it would appear that people don’t like what’s going on in this country. How can someone say without irony that Kaepernick should leave the country because he thinks the country has problems that need to be fixed, while supporting the idea that the country has problems that need to be fixed?