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Donald Trump uttered a bad take about Colin Kaepernick, because of course he did

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One of the worst responses we’ve seen to the Colin Kaepernick national anthem controversy comes from those who say if he doesn’t like it here, he should leave. So it came as no surprise that the Republican nominee for President came at this story from that exact angle today, during an interview on The Dori Munson Show.

“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen,” Donald Trump said.

Everything, from the elementary language to his tone, is pure Trump. And it’s undeniably patriarchal, this idea: If you want to live under MY roof, you need to play by MY rules. And of course there’s also a hint of “you are a spoiled brat who’s so, so lucky to grow up with white parents in an era where people like you are allowed to accumulate substantial wealth.”

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Whether or not you agree with Kaepernick’s decision (and many don’t, for a multitude of reasons), this common theme that if someone doesn’t like it here they should find another country to call home is beyond ridiculous. How can the United States of America’s citizens call this the greatest country on the planet if all of us aren’t striving to make it — and ourselves — better at all times? There are countless instances throughout human history in which siding with the majority would have stunted the growth of our species (the world is flat comes to mind).

The comfort in being part of the loudest group is an intoxicant, one that should often be left to the weak. Protests are supposed to offend and inconvenience people, even innocent people. Otherwise they’d be too easy to ignore. We also have the freedom to look at a protestor and say, “What you’re doing, and what you are protesting, is ridiculous.”

“I disagree with someone who doesn’t stand for the Star Spangled Banner because _____” is a perfectly understandable reaction. Debating the problems Kaepernick mentioned (chief among those: undeserved violence against black and brown people committed by what he described as poorly-trained police officers) is part of the greater discussion that could help the populace in two ways, by bringing awareness to what seems like a rapidly escalating nationwide situation and bringing the “Black Lives” and “Blue Lives” groups to a common ground.

However, the latter was never going to occur. Instead of intelligent discourse on this subject, we have echo chambers. One side saying that Kaepernick is taking a courageous stand and his rights should be respected, and the other saying he should shut up and get the hell out of here if he’s so unhappy with how he perceives things to be.

Not that I expected anything less, which is why I largely stayed away from this issue in my Saturday story about the 49ers’ QB troubles. But Trump’s response is so hypocritical, even by his own standards. His convention was full of people yelling, spitting, fretting and perspiring over a nation that is supposedly in a heap of trouble due to the Affordable Care Act, Syrian refugees, immigrants, taxes/regulations, etc. Did anyone suggest to Trump that if he, Scott Baio, Rudy Giuliani and Antonio Sabato Jr. think this country is so awful, they should find other places to live? Like one of the nations where Trump has golf courses, or one of the third world areas where his goods are manufactured, or even Russia?

Being uncomfortable isn’t such a bad thing. If it makes you uncomfortable to see a once-promising quarterback sit through an anthem, maybe examining why you believe standing at attention whenever it’s played before a sporting event is important will help to even bolster your own patriotism.

Asking Kaepernick to explore his own positions and explain himself further might serve him well, too. While his 18-minute media session yesterday was probably the most thoughtful we’ve ever seen him, when pressed to describe what he would consider successful change, his answer was lacking:

“That’s a tough question because there’s a lot of things that need to change, a lot of different issues that need to be addressed. That’s something that it’s really hard to lock down one specific thing that needs to change currently.”

Kaepernick’s entire 49ers career, this moment included (a moment which may signal the end to that career within the next week or so) has seen him as a polarizing magnet for publicity. There have been a few missteps along the way, both on the field and on social media. But while America is a nation of laws and baseball is still called the national pastime, it is not a nation of unwritten rules. And those like Kaepernick, who go against majority rule, shouldn’t have to move to another country or continent if they’re angry, frustrated and disappointed. If anything makes this nation better than several others on this planet, it’s that those with dissenting voices are allowed to stay and be protected. Suggesting they go away is an all-too-easy answer to a litany of complicated problems.

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willfleet
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willfleet

BASportsGuy Trump is the king of ill-advised commentary

BotchedRaider
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BotchedRaider

BASportsGuy It was a great take, yay Don! Krap can feel free to find a better country to live in. I’ll help him pack. 49ers

AyindeMitchell
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AyindeMitchell

BASportsGuy I would expect nothing less from this cat. America can’t be great again (Never Stopped) without the 1st amd firmly in place.

Abomination1349
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Abomination1349

BASportsGuy A “bad take,” huh? Will you please move to Canada, along with all the other cuckolded libtards, after Trump becomes president?

air807
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air807

BASportsGuy has he ever actually had a good take on a topic?

mtinucci
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mtinucci

BASportsGuy say Trump who doesn’t think “America is great.” Perhaps Trump would feel more at home in Russia with his buddy Putin.

Justintime49
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Justintime49

Stick to sports…tired of politics being mixed with the 49ers!

GeeseLV
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GeeseLV

BASportsGuy Well said.

timlincecumgoat
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timlincecumgoat

BASportsGuy don’t hate on Trump, he’s a nice guy

Richardson_24
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Richardson_24

BASportsGuy oh because Clinton is such a better person. Sucks my team is in commiefornia

Dudeman2134
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Dudeman2134

Bravo, a great nuanced article that addresses a nuanced topic. This and Bomani Jones’ article are the best articles I’ve read in regards to this topic. 
The United States is a country that was founded on dissension and disrupting the status quo. I wonder what people, including Trump, who vehemently disagree with Kaepernick, would think of our colonial aggression towards the British that disrupted a status quo.

AdrianReynolds
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AdrianReynolds

#IStandWithBASG’spost

GnoccoFritto
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GnoccoFritto

Richardson_24 BASportsGuy Eloquent!

AdrianReynolds
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AdrianReynolds

Justintime49 It’s all politics. It’s politics when the SSB is played before every game, politics when Kaep sits, politics when you object or support Kaep.

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SylviaAnglin

timlincecumgoat BASportsGuy He’s only a nice guy to people who are rich. Donald Trump is a hater. He hates all of us because we’re not filthy rich, and he’s so arrogant, he’s convinced he can run this country all by himself. Don’t believe me? Pay closer attention when he speaks.

simon_lees
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simon_lees

BASportsGuy good piece. “A firestorm of hot takes” I love it U0001f525U0001f525U0001f525

DatKaren
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DatKaren

BASportsGuy Can’t wait for his inevitable Tweet!

BonaguraESPN
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BonaguraESPN

BASportsGuy well done, Steve.

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

BonaguraESPN Thanks Kyle, hope you’re doing well in LA!

gcliles
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gcliles

BASportsGuy amen brother! Great perspective ….

Slam
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Slam

I’m proud to live in a place where Kaep can do what he did and say what he said.
But I’m wondering … Why now ?
Why not when he was a SB QB, with a National stage, pimping hipster headphones ?
Maybe because he knows his football career is over, so he’s throwing rocks at everybody on the way out the door ?

TSL
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TSL

Kaepernick is guilty of displaying rude manners in public. 
Apparently his parents did not cover this subject in his home.
By the way BASG, bring up Donald Trump into this conversation did not take much imagination. 
He is an easy target.
Harder is to justify Kaepernick’s hypocritical nature.

captfuzzbucket
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captfuzzbucket

Richardson_24 BASportsGuy If you don’t like it, LEAVE.  hahahahahaha.  ha.

T
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T

Carmelo,
Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James made a powerful statementat the 2016 ESPYs by promoting the need for
change and social justice.That was the
right forum to make a statement as it left a lasting impression on the
audience.Notice they did not make
their statement on gameday or on the basketball court.

PatrickLanigan
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PatrickLanigan

I suppose none of them have ever used game day to express their political views, like, you know, wearing an “I can’t breathe” t-shirt or something like that….

PatrickLanigan
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PatrickLanigan

It’s rude to not stand for the national anthem? I didn’t realize we now lived in North Korea. Since you’re so offended by this breach of protocol, I assume you get off your couch every time you hear that song before a game, right? Or is it only “rude” when you sit in public?

PatrickLanigan
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PatrickLanigan

Your ilk would be devastated if that were to happen. Us “libtards” have been subsusidizing the “conservative” crowd in red state America for decades.

Commentator
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Commentator

Stick with sports and leave your political opinion out of it.  And if you don’t think there are a lot of problems in this country to fix, you’ve been smoking something!

Concrete Brad
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Concrete Brad

Richardson_24 Our radio hero, Michael Savage, refers to the SF QB as “Colon Paperneck.”
That’s some funny stuff!1!!!11!

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Hey, love the site and I think you have some fantastic columns; I applaud you for going all-in and making a local sports blog work.  I imagine this is not an easy task and you’ve succeeded. That being said, some friendly advice from a regular reader – stay away from politics…  Look, we all have an opinion on this year’s stellar crop of candidates and everywhere you turn there is a forum to read and share opinions on this year’s Presidential election. You’re writing for a Bay Area audience who are not in need of an education on Trump’s faults,… Read more »
thepepperlanders
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thepepperlanders

Trump is an ignorant blowhard.  That said, Clinton is an extremely  corrupt neocon warmonger.   Since maybe going to war with Russia over the Ukraine conflict is really not my preference .  I’ll take the blowhard over the warmonger.

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Tony Clifton
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Tony Clifton

Tony says this nation would be a lot better off with fewer people like the snowflake that wrote this piece.Tony says if the piece was on paper, he’d line the cat box with it.

Peace and love.

Femmefan
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Kap has apparently been on a journey of self discovery. I support his message. Let’s not pretend America is color blind. I would have preferred to have had him make his position clear in advance, but I admire his courage in taking this risky passage and putting himself “out there” to be vilified and demonized by some. Wanting to make the America we love better is a patriotic gesture, more so than standing in public for the anthem without having a better understanding of what it means. Kap wasn’t disrespecting our military, our country, our police, he was making a… Read more »
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