President Donald Trump might be exceptionally bad at running the country, but he certainly knows how to put down his critics — especially the ones who raise their voice against racial oppression, because in Trump’s America, racism is the new norm.
During a rally in Kentucky, the commander-in-chief once again took aim at former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The NFL player, who made headlines for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police killings of African Americans and subsequently started a worldwide trend, hasn't been signed from free agency since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this month.
Trump thinks he should be credited for the 29-year-old’s unemployment.
“There was an article today…that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he told the crowd. “You believe that? I just saw that. I said, 'If I remember that one, I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.'”
Trump is not known for mincing his words, but while he was busy bashing the former NFL star for silently protesting the injustice faced by the African-American community, the athlete in question was writing a huge check for the nation’s largest and oldest organization that provides meals to lower-income, elderly citizens.
Kaepernick, who has been donating $100,000 per month since October, donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels. The other $50,000 went to the social media campaign Love Army for Somalia, which aims to raise $2 million to send food and water to the starving people in Somalia.
As Colin Kaepernick waits for a job opportunity, he continues to donate to charity. His latest includes $50K for Meals on Wheels pic.twitter.com/j5ERyWpSz2— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2017
The budget cuts, if approved, will not shut down Meal on Wheels, since the program only receives a small percentage of its funding from the Community Development Block Grant. However, the fact that Trump administration believes feeding poor and elderly is a waste of money speaks volumes about what kind of people are running the country.
The organization also thanked Kaepernick, who aims to donate $1 million over the course of the year, for his generous donation.
The reaction on Twitter was immense.
Really struck by the fact that Kaepernick's ongoing silent, peaceful protest was deeply, rage-inducingly unacceptable to white America.— Actually, (@eaton) March 21, 2017
And now, they cheer that Kaepernick is out of work. As he literally donates his earnings to feed people whose meals they're defunding.— Actually, (@eaton) March 21, 2017
If you know someone who's quick to criticize Kaepernick but stays quiet about Trump, cut them out of your life immediately— Mason Daniel (@BuddyBoyBaxter) March 21, 2017
Colin Kaepernick: "I donated money to Meals on Wheels."— Rey "Azure" McSriff (@aguyuno) March 22, 2017
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Watch Trump’s comments in the video below:
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