Late Show Television

Colbert supports Kaepernick’s right to protest, everyone’s right to protest his protest

"One of the things I love about America is everyone has the right to protest things they're upset about — including protesting other people's protests. That's all covered in the secret map on the back of the Constitution. Also on the front, in the words."

Stephen Colbert discussed the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49s quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest systemic racism by sitting during the National Anthem before last week’s preseason game.

“The big story in sports continues to be quarterback Colin Kapernick and his refusal to stand during the national anthem,” Colbert said. “He says he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.—A bold stance. Or, technically, a bold sits.”

Kaepernick’s protest met with an immediate firestorm of criticism. “A lot of people are upset with him, including, well, you know who.” By “You know who,” he means Trump, who said of the controversy, “I think it’s a terrible thing and, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him.”

Colbert responded, “Well said. If a country doesn’t work for you, find one that does. That’s why Trump’s factories are all located in China.”

“Now, I want to be clear. I, Stephen Colbert, love the National Anthem,” he clarified. “I stand up when I hear it. I know the harmony. It’s easily in my top three songs about ‘ramparts’. I also love America. And one of the things I love about America is everyone has the right to protest things they’re upset about — including protesting other people’s protests. That’s all covered in the secret map on the back of the Constitution. Also on the front, in the words. So, Constitutionally, Kapernick protesting and people being upset with him is a win-win– two words the 49ers will not be hearing a lot this season.”

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