Why did Hillary Clinton lose the election?
Was it a poor campaign? Did everyone hate her? Were fake news and Russian hackers at fault?
One journalist has pinpointed the answer and no one expected this to be the reason.
When San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting the national anthem because he thought America was a racist country, millions of Americans were outraged.
Some pundits even blamed Kaepernick for the decline in NFL ratings in 2016 (two polls backed them up).
But did the backlash against Kaepernick spread beyond sports?
Did it seep into politics?
Fox Sports 1 contributor Clay Travis thinks so.
He claims Kaepernick’s protest mobilized millions of Americans to vote against Hillary Clinton as a stand against left-wing social justice warriors.
The Smokeroom reports on Travis’ comments:
“Fox Sports pundit and Outkick the Coverage founder Clay Travis believes NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is responsible for Donald Trump winning the election.
“The only thing that’s changed since Colin Kaepernick started his protest? Donald Trump got elected president. You know the ultimate irony? I don’t think Donald Trump would have gotten elected president if Colin Kaepernick hadn’t done his protest. You know the difference in this election? Seventy thousand votes. One football stadium in the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. You flip 70,000 people, one football stadium in those three states, Hillary Clinton is the president of the United States. I think that Donald Trump won this election because of Colin Kaepernick’s protest. He cost the Democrats the 2016 election. He put Donald Trump into the White House,” Travis said in part Friday morning on his hit radio show “Outkick the Coverage.”
Trump blasted Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem.
In a radio interview with conservative talk radio host Dori Monson, the Republican nominee for President took aim at Kaepernick for his actions, which Trump called ‘A terrible thing.’
“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen,” Trump told theThe Dori Monson Show on Monday, via BuzzFeed.
Hillary’s running mate Tim Kaine sounded a supportive note.
The Washington Times reports Kaine stating:
“You know, you’ve got to respect people’s ability to act according to their conscience,” Mr. Kaine told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in a Thursday interview.
“I’d do it differently,” Mr. Kaine said. “I think if you really thought about issues and about this country, you’d do it differently, and when I heard him explain his rationale, it didn’t really make that much sense to me. But you’ve got to respect people’s ability to act according to their conscience, so I wouldn’t presume to tell him what to do.”
Many Americans saw Kaepernick’s protest as spitting in the face of the men and women who serve America in uniform.
They also saw Kaepernick kneeling as a slap in the face to their values of patriotism and love of country.
The left embraced Kaepernick and his protest and this caused Americans in Middle America to realize that the Democrat Party no longer reflected their culture or priorities.
And that – according to Travis – handed Trump the election.