Thursday 1 December 2022
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Obama Defends Kaepernick Protest as ‘Constitutional’

By Hazel Trice Edney


presidentonkaepernick( – President Barack Obama has now weighed in on the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem protest; defending the football player’s right to do so under the First Amendment and crediting Kaepernick for raising issues that “need to be talked about”.

“I got to confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here, and I haven’t been following this closely.  But my understanding, at least, is, is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” the President said during a press conference after the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on Monday. “I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so.  I think there are a lot of ways you can do it. As a general matter, when it comes to the flag and the National Anthem, and the meaning that that 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.”

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