Rep. Duncan Hunter: Colin Kaepernick Should Expect Boos in San Diego Game
Rep. Duncan Hunter noted San Diego's large military community.
By ADAM KELSEY
September 1, 2016, 6:15 PM
• 3 min read
-- As Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field for the first time since sitting through a playing of the national anthem in protest, a California congressman is speaking out in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers' controversial quarterback.
Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidateDonald Trump weighed in on the controversy surrounding Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game Friday night, saying in a Seattle radio interview, "Maybe [Kaepernick] should find a country that works better for him."
Hunter, a Trump supporter, said that while he supports open displays of opposition to Kaepernick's action, he doesn't foresee a boycott of 49ers games.
“I think you can combat what Kaepernick’s doing with a show of force on the other side,” said Hunter. “That’s saying, ‘Hey, we respect the flag because it stands for something that’s constant, and that’s the sacrifices and what the American military has done for this country.’”
Reaction to Kaepernick's protest has been mixed. Some members of the military are using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick on social media to show their support for the quarterback's right to protest.