SANTA CLARA -- On Sunday 49ers quarterback said that presidential candidate Donald Trump was "openly racist." A day later, Trump suggested Kaepernick find "another country that suits his personal beliefs."
Said Trump on the Dori Monson radio show Monday when asked about Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem: "I have followed it and I think personally it's a terrible thing. And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it's not going to happen."
Kaepernick has stayed seated during the singing of the national anthem during the 49ers' last three games in protest of what he described as injustices to Blacks and people of color in this country.
"People of color have been targeted by police," he said Sunday. "So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change.”
Jim Harbaugh, Kaepernick's ex-coach and one of his biggest backers, wrote on Twitter Monday that he supports the quarterback’s motivation. “It's his method of action that I take exception to,” Harbaugh wrote.
The Michigan head coach handpicked Kaepernick in the 2011 draft and spoke highly of him this offseason following the quarterback’s rocky 2015 performance. Harbaugh, however, also is a proud admirer of the military, often quoting admirals and generals and inviting military members to speak in front of his teams.
Kaepernick, meanwhile, also had harsh words for Trump's opponent in the November election, Hillary Clinton. In fact, he echoed one of Trump's favorite sound bites about his Democratic rival.
"We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate," Kaepernick said. "That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?"