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Obama defends Kaepernick: ‘Tough’ for the military, but maybe people will see he has a point

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President Obama finally spoke out on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem.

“I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard,” the president said at during a press conference at the G20 economic summit in China on Monday. “I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about.”

Obama admitted that seeing someone sit for the national anthem as a “tough thing” for the military but that Kaepernick was merely exercising his “constitutional right to make a statement.”

“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” Obama said.

But, on the sidelines he will be as he was relegated to the bench, riding backup because of his lackluster performance and injury-ridden preseason, athough many social justice warriors cry racism.

Obama believes it is Kaepernick’s detractors, not he, who need to be taught a lesson.

“Maybe his critics will start seeing that he has a point around certain concerns about justice and equality and that’s how we move forward,” Obama said. “Sometimes it’s messy but that’s how democracy works.”

Contrast the president’s words with those of Donald Trump  who has a plan to stop future Kaepernicks before they happen.

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