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Kaepernick to Trump: America has never been great for people of color

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks about his readiness

Backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaks about his weight, speed and preparedness for playing. Blaine Gabbert remains the No. 1 play caller for the time being.
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Backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaks about his weight, speed and preparedness for playing. Blaine Gabbert remains the No. 1 play caller for the time being.

Colin Kaepernick doesn't like Donald Trump. And he's not a fan of Hillary Clinton, either.

"Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who's less racist," the 49ers quarterback said Tuesday. "At this point -- talking to one of my friends -- you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it's still evil."

Kaepernick's national anthem protest caught Trump's attention earlier this month. The Republican presidential candidate suggested Kaepernick should try to find a better country if he was dissatisfied with this one.

"It's a very ignorant statement that if you don't agree with what's going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all you should leave the country," Kaepernick said. " He always says, 'Make America great again.' Well, America has never been great for people of color. That's something that needs to be addressed. Let's make America great for the first time."

The 49ers quarterback has become both a civil rights symbol and a flashpoint of controversy since his anthem protest became public last month. Players around the league -- including seven of his 49ers teammates -- have joined in some sort of anthem protest, many by raising their right fists during the Star-Spangled Banner.

With Kaepernick present Friday, a high-school football team from Oakland lay on their backs with their hands in the air during the anthem ceremony. Some protesters in Charlotte, N.C., where a black man, Keith Lamont Scott, was killed in a police shooting, have adopted Kaepernick’s protest by taking a knee.

“I think that's people responding to the oppression that's going on, the injustices that are going on, officers walking free for murder,” he said.

Kaepernick said he saw "a little bit" of the first of the three U.S. Presidential debates Monday evening. "To me it was embarrassing to watch," he said.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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