Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump: The difference between “class” and “ass”

On Monday at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, President Donald Trump took aim at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who decided last season not to stand for the national anthem in protest of the mistreatment of people of color in the U.S. “There was an article today … that NFL owners don’t want to pick [Kaepernick] up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump said. “Do you believe that?” He added, “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.’” Kaepernick responded Tuesday not with his mouth, but with his money. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier today that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was donating $50,000 to Meals on Wheels America, which could face reduced federal funding if Trump’s budget were to be approved. (Worth noting: Meals on Wheels only gets a small percentage of its funding from the Community Development Block Grant and other federal programs that Trump has proposed cutting.)

There are who talk…and there are those who rise above the Sturm und Drang and get busy doing the right things for the right reasons. Donald Trump doesn’t appear to have a kind or compassionate bone in his body…but he’s certainly willing to puff himself up in front of an adoring crowd composed of America’s Lowest Common Denominator ©.

Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick has responded to the President’s unwarranted criticism in the best way possible. Instead of trading barbs in the media, Kaepernick has gone about spreading kindness and compassion by donating money to causes he cares about. Thus, distinguishing between “ass” and “class” is, in this case, not terribly difficult.

Currently between gigs after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers last month, Kaepernick has continued donating money and setting a positive example. The same thing, sadly, can’t be said for President Trump, who’s spent his two months in office demonstrating himself to be an asshole, a sociopath, and a pathological liar.

Life isn’t a contest, and this example doesn’t necessarily mean Kaepernick is a better person that President Trump…though one could easily present a convincing argument to support that contention. Still, no reasonable person would consider the President to be a better and more patriotic American than Kaepernick. While the quarterback is quietly going about doing good things for the right reasons, the President continues his “LOOKIT ME!! LOOKIT ME!!” tour. That his taxpayer-subsidized method for massaging his massive ego is reminiscent of the Nuremberg rallies is a legitimate concern…but it’s another topic for another time.

I’ll leave it to my gentle reader to reach their own conclusion. For me, there’s no question as to who’s the “class” and who’s the “ass” in this scenario.

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