The pettiness of so-called President Donald J. Trump is bursting out of his faux-tanned face like an exploding port-a-potty. As much as we can't stand the stench or the filth related with the excreta that constantly pours from his mouth, it will inevitably end up on the news.
On Monday, while speaking to his "base" in Kentucky, Trump took credit for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick being unable to find a job. He hasn't been able to find a team since opting out of his contract three weeks ago.
"They don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?" said Trump, barely able to contain his amusement. He added that he wished to share this information with this audience because "the people of Kentucky... they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."
Again, as occurs an untold number of times, mainstream Americans pick and choose what portions of the American ideal are acceptable and which are not. By exercising his right to free speech to stand up for the less fortunate, Colin Kaepernick has revealed himself to be more indicative of the purer tenets of the Constitution of the United States. There's this thing called the First Amendment that guarantees every American's right to free speech.
Freedom of speech is the right to articulate one's opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction. However, if what Donald Trump is saying is true, Kaep is actually facing reprisal on two of the three threats outlined in the First Amendment.
The NFL quarterback also spoke out against Trump while he was a candidate, calling him 'openly racist.'
"I think it's personally not a good thing. I think it's a terrible thing," Trump said of Kaep's protest. "And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won't happen."
Trump went on to blame Kaepernick for the NFL's ratings slump.
Like his Obama wire-tapping claims, his NFL ratings claim was totally unsubstantiated. Kaepernick wasn't exactly lighting up defenses last year, but when you see people like Mike Glennon and Josh McCown sign deals, two dudes who haven't come close to producing like Kaep has, we see what the real deal is.
Kaepernick has intimated that he has made his point by taking a knee last year to protest societal inequities and police brutality and will now stand for the national anthem during the 2017 season.