True to Form, Kaepernick Takes a Knee on Election Day

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California

If you’re wondering how Colin Kaepernick plans to vote in Tuesday night’s election—and let’s face it, who isn’t?—you can spare yourself the suspense. Because, much like his go-to move when “The Star Spangled Banner” plays, Kaepernick opted to take a knee.

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the media asked Kaepernick about his voting plans, and he answered, bluntly:

Of course, Kaepernick’s decision not to vote should come as a shock to no one. After all, the 49ers quarterback made his disdain for both presidential candidates well known after the first presidential debates: “It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point…you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”

For Kaepernick to dedicate himself to “change,” then decline the opportunity to vote seems more than a little weird. So, he will protest for change but won’t vote for change? It appears Colin Kaepernick’s preferred method of political expression is to do nothing.

That said, do you think Kaepernick realizes that on Election Day you can vote for dozens of other initiatives that directly affect the communities you claim to love? You don’t just have to vote for president? Honestly, given what Kaepernick believes, maybe we should all count ourselves lucky that he doesn’t vote.

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