Backup QB Colin Kaepernick won’t be rushing to his nearest polling station come November. I think it’s safe to say he’ll sit that one out. He did, however, watch the first presidential debate on Monday, where both candidates gave canned answers on how they’d handle the issue of discriminatory policing and race relations. Kaepernick wasn’t impressed by what he heard.
When pressed by reporters about his appraisal on Tuesday, he said:
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”
Kaepernick’s comments come in the wake of Trump responding to his National Anthem protest by urging him to “find a country that works better for him,” while also predicting “it won’t happen.”
Kaep shot back at the Republican nominee directly after those remarks.
“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.”
Some believe that Kaepernick’s latest comments of calling both presidential candidates ‘evil’ may lose some of his fringe supporters, as his comments may be seen as antagonistic and reductive–especially those directed at Clinton, who has strong support within the African-American community. Whatever your stance is on Kaepernick’s stance, there’s no denying that the dude has shined a bright light on the issue he, and many others, believe is a flaw in the fabric of America.
P.S. That picture up top is of Colin Kaepernick. You may not recognize him with his helmet on and a ball in his hand boom roasted.
[h/t The New York Times]