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President Obama wants Colin Kaepernick and other athletes to think about the families of military men and women who’ve fought for this country when he takes a knee during the national anthem.
In an interview on CNN’s town hall, the POTUS expressed his feelings about Kaepernick’s silent protest.
“Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation,” Obama revealed. “But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion.”
“I want (the protesters) to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing,” Obama said. “But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”