Twitter Reacts: President Obama Supports Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest
President Obama voiced support for Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest. Now a new debate about the hot-button issue has erupted on Twitter. See reaction tweets below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the National Anthem due to what he sees as injustices against blacks and other minorities in the U.S. Some criticized the San Francisco 49ers player for seemingly being unpatriotic, while others have commended his peaceful form of protest. While holding a press conference in China on Monday, President Obama was asked to weigh in on the controversy.
After admitting he hasn’t “been following this closely,” Obama told reporters, “My understanding, at least, is that he’s exercising his Constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it.”
He went on, “As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the National Anthem, and the meaning it holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are.” Obama added, “But I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”
And now a new conversation has formed on Twitter, with social media users sounding off on Obama’s remarks. Among the hundreds of new comments are quite a few judging the president harshly for his stance. @Stevenwhirsch99, for instance, tweeted, “It’s unbelievable that our POTUS would stand up for this coward. He is the reason for the war on cops.”
@AU_bebe exclaimed, “NEVER DOUBT OBAMA WLD CHOSE ANTI-AMERICAN SIDE.” @GetOverIt slammed, “President Obama & #Kaepernick have a lot in common. Both made millions on white guys then turns the tables 2 make the white man the devil.” @andylancaster wrote, “Obama can’t help himself. He must lecture. It’s a sickness. Does @POTUS think Kaepernick’s cops = pigs socks are praiseworthy as well?”
And @Jarjarbug posted, “It’s official now… Obama DEFENDS THIS LITTLE TWERP… Way to go @NFL, turn football INTO POLITICAL GARBAGE #Kaepernick.” Meanwhile, @stephdenk admitted, “Can’t wait to see my conservative family members lose their minds over Obama saying Kaepernick exercised his constitutional rights.” And there were others who appreciated the remarks from our Commander-in-Chief.
“I agree with President Obama,” said @sharbloom, adding, “Kaepernick has the right to protest. This is a free country. He has the right to refuse to stand up.” With “thumps up” and American flag emojis, @PatrickHenryQ pointed out that this is the “land of the free home of the brave.” @skemp445 stated, “It’s cool Kap – Obama’s got ya back!”
And then there was @ADIC33, who suggested the President held back a bit. “Mr. Obama should have been more forceful in defense of kaepernick but he’s in tuff position : I get it,” said the Twitter user. For his part, Kaepernick has not spoken publicly yet about Obama’s comments.