President Barack Obama came out in defense of San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, saying the quarterback was "exercising his constitutional right to make a statement" by not standing for the Star-Spangled Banner, before adding, "“I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”
And "talk about it" Twitter users did, with a great outpouring of racist comments online tearing into the president, with one commenter writing, "Of course he would side with an anti-American mulatto."
While bigoted comments were easy to find, the comments on the Fox News Twitter account with a clip of the speech were a treasure trove of racist invective.
A sampling from Twitter below:
Of course Obama would defend him. Both came from single white mothers after their nigger fathers left them. https://t.co/iwREqplnGs— Smug Lölling†on (@Smug Lölling†on)1473086085.0
Cop hating, pandering, bad parent #Obama sides with #Kaepernick oh the shock🙄his opinion is worth that of @cnn https://t.co/TPaZZ0yatr— 🔸Chris🔸 (@🔸Chris🔸)1473098293.0
@FoxNews @POTUS @Kaepernick7 I dont believe that this crap is the President of the United States. https://t.co/rVjm6pxp2B— The Angry America (@The Angry America)1473089640.0
@FoxNews @POTUS @Kaepernick7 Hillary & Obama create violence against police by pushing false narratives w/ dem groups BLM & Black Panthers.— Guess Who Is (@Guess Who Is)1473086689.0
@FoxNews Nothing keeps Blacks from achieving in the USA now but a victim mindset. Injustice/racism are used when they have failed themselves— ౯_൭ᶸꝚᶸ⏹ (@౯_൭ᶸꝚᶸ⏹)1473090244.0