Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest just took this ugly turn for the worse

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off a wave of anti-American protests when he began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season.

President Trump blasted the display as disrespectful to the flag and the soldiers who’ve died defending it.

But now Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest just took this ugly turn for the worse.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is struggling in the Democrat presidential primaries.

O’Rourke entered the race with much fanfare, but O’Rourke has struggled with issues surrounding identity politics because women and minority voters see him as just another privileged white man.

Ahead of the second Democrat presidential debate, O’Rourke tried to throw off those struggles by inviting four black high school football players that were “inspired” by Kaepernick and knelt during the anthem before games.

Sports Illustrated reports:

When Democrat Beto O’Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as guests of the former Texas congressman.

O’Rourke reached out to ex-Lansing Catholic High School football players Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah and RoJe Williams and spoke with them by phone last week. Teammate Kabbalah Richards is away at college and unable to attend the debate but also was on the call.

O’Rourke had learned of the men’s story when one of their families donated to his U.S. Senate campaign after seeing his viral defense of NFL players who chose to take a knee to protest police brutality and racism, his campaign said.

O’Rourke embracing the anti-American national anthem protests demonstrates just how far to the left candidates believe they need to go to win over Democrat primary voters.

But that has many Democrats worried that the Party will alienate swing voters by embracing radically left-wing and anti-American policies.

We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.