Colin Kaepernick can’t get signed to play quarterback within the NFL, however he has turn out to be a participant in a congressional race in Minnesota.
Final week Donald Trump injected himself into the first Congressional District race being contested by GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Jim Feehan (Republican incumbent Tim Walz is vacating the seat to run for governor). Talking in help of Hagedorn, Trump informed the group in Rochester, amongst different issues, “We’re standing proudly for our nationwide anthem.”
Even these of us who’ve by no means taken the time to study the lyrics.
Trump was tame in comparison with an assault advert which aimed to hitch Feehan, an Iraq veteran, on the hip with Kaepernick, who’s pursuing a collusion grievance in opposition to the NFL.
“Feehan bought out to extremists,” the advert claims partly, “celebrating Colin Kaepernick’s protests of our nationwide anthem. Dan Feehan. Simply one other liberal sellout.”
Minor level: Kaepernick was protesting social injustice, not the anthem. Nor the navy. Nor the flag, mom or Chevy automotive commercials.
The New York Instances reported that the advert options “a doctored picture (that) seems to indicate Mr. Feehan, an Military veteran, saluting Mr. Kaepernick.”
Not that there’s something unsuitable with that.
The Feehan marketing campaign submitted an announcement to CNN’s Actuality Test that learn partly, “Throughout two excursions in Iraq, Dan put his life on the road to defend the freedoms of this nation. That features the liberty of nonviolent protest, (and) the liberty to disagree with that protest.”
It’s true that Feehan and Kaepernick have availed themselves of the Structure’s assure of free speech. Additionally it is true that Hagedorn has finished the identical. From the New York Instances:
“Mr. Hagedorn is making his fourth run for the seat, and was as soon as extensively considered a weak candidate due to an extended document of sexist and insensitive remarks about various minority teams — the conservative Washington Examiner known as him “the worst Republican candidate in America.”
In the meantime, Kaepernick hasn’t knelt in public in nearly two years and has by no means issued a disparaging phrase in opposition to the nationwide anthem or any of our nation’s honored symbols. Solely a small handful of NFL gamers are kneeling at this level. The one kneel-down at a 49ers house recreation up to now this season was by a cheerleader.
Not that any of the above goes to vary any hearts or minds. A September ballot by NBC Information and The Wall Avenue Journal indicated that 72 p.c of Democrats imagine the silent anthem protest is suitable, and that 88 p.c of Republicans imagine it’s not.
And by no means the twain shall meet.