The second that Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced that he was protesting police brutality by not standing up during the national anthem, he was hit with plenty of criticisms, one being that the 28-year-old was disrespecting the nation’s troops and veterans. A notion that Kaepernick denied from the jump.
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“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he said Sunday. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.”
But, he added. “People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.”
Well now veterans have banded together to speak for themselves–and it seems that they stand with Kaepernick on his right to protest. On Tuesday, the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick started trending with current and past soldiers taking to social media to express that standing up to oppression isn’t anti-military.
Folks also brought the jokes about how conservatives were responding to veterans shutting them down:
In the end, MSNBC’s Joy Reid summed it up perfectly.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Colin Kaepernick, Rihanna, TLC, & MORE!
1. Pink and Cary Hart take their daughter and family members for spin in Santa Monica.Source:Splash 1 of 12
2. Reality tv star Snooki was absolute perfection as she flaunted her bright red hair and played with a football at a Super Bowl Party!Source:Wenn 2 of 12
3. Makeup free & cute as can be! Rihanna was spotted rocking baggy jeans, a white skully, and some shades as she touched down in L.A.Source:Wenn 3 of 12
4. Pretty girl! Anne Hathway was all striped out as she left singing lessons with her head down and stunna shades on.Source:Wenn 4 of 12
5. Watch me do this: Michael Fassbender is spotted practicing a very intense scene from the new movie "Macbeth."Source:Wenn 5 of 12
6. Pose! Joe Nameth was super excited for Sports Illustrated MVP Night.Source:Wenn 6 of 12
7. The very handsome Colin Kaepernick was honored at KWL's 4th Annual Sports and Entertainment Celebration... and rightfully so.Source:Wenn 7 of 12
8. Estelle and Alexandra Burke cleaned up nice for KWL's 4th Annual Sports and Entertainment Celebration.Source:Wenn 8 of 12
9. Gangsta! Madonna was spotted leaving her pilates class in a hoodie that said "Calm The F*ck Down."Source:Wenn 9 of 12
10. Cup of Joe! Gerard Butler looked handsome in a casual 'fit as he carried two coffees out of Starbucks.Source:Wenn 10 of 12
11. TLC do their thing during the Super Bowl Concert Series at Beacon Theater in NYC.Source:Wenn 11 of 12
12. Matthew McConaughey was nothing less than suave as he hit up a photo call for his latest movie "Dallas Buyers Club."Source:Wenn 12 of 12