White House Objects To Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest Before NFL Game

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

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The White House has weighed in on the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick decided not to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest before a preseason game last week. He’s received a lot of criticism for the decision.

“What I can say is that I certainly don’t share the views that Mr. Kaepernick expressed after the game in explaining his reasoning for his actions,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

“But we surely all acknowledge and even defend his right to express those views in the settings he chooses. That’s what he’s done. Even as objectionable as we find his perspective, he certainly is entitled to express them.”

Earnest said he hasn’t spoken to President Barack Obama about this subject specifically, but noted the President probably is aware of what’s going on because he’s a huge sports fan.

One of the candidates running for the highest office in the land, Republican nominee Donald Trump, was asked about Kaepernick said the quarterback should find another country to live in.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has not weighed in on this subject as of this writing.

Thumbnail photo via Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Images

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