Nary a single flag-humping horse’s ass, badge-licking fraud, or smarmy nostalgic thinkfluencer in the Western Hemisphere passed up the chance to display performative patriotism in the wake of Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing national anthem protest. Here in 2016, national fabrics both figurative and literal evidently have become frail enough, the relationship between citizen and country flimsy enough, that a backup NFL quarterback can endanger all of the above by sitting out a group sing-along, I guess. “Maybe he should find a country that works better for him,” said Donald Trump. Steve King, a conservative congressman from Iowa, called Kaepernick an ISIS sympathizer.
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