President Donald Trump took aim at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a rally, claiming teams did not want to sign the free agent because they feared getting a "nasty tweet from Donald Trump" (video below).
Trump held a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20 to talk up his administration's plan to replace Obamacare with a Republican version, the New York Daily News reported.
But during the rally, the president also took aim at NFL free agent quarterback Kaepernick.
Trump had been critical of Kaepernick's decision to protest by kneeling during the national anthem at football games. The quarterback's controversial season-long protest was intended to raise awareness about police brutality towards minority groups.
Reactions toward Kaepernick's protest were mixed, but Trump was particularly outspoken about the quarterback's peaceful protest methods at the time.
“I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing," Trump said on Dori Monson’s KIRO radio show in Seattle in August, according to Deadspin. "And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen."
On March 20, Trump cited a Bleacher Report article that suggested he had something to do with the fact that Kaepernick, who is currently a free agent, has not been signed by any NFL team yet.
“There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump told the crowd. “I said, ‘If I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky -- because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.'”
"Our struggling industries are going to be revitalized," Trump continued. "And our dying factories will come roaring back to life. It's already happening.
"And in our dealings with other nations, we will find a new era of security, cooperation and peace and we won't be played for the fool and we won't be played for the suckers any longer."
"This is the future that awaits us if we embrace our destiny as Americans, which we did," Trump concluded.
Trump also tackled Obamacare.
“We want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as ‘Obamacare,'" the president said. “This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of ‘Obamacare.’ It’s a long-awaited chance. We’re going to do it."