While showing on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, present congressional candidate Jeremy Staat acknowledged that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “essentially extorting the black community.”
“I think it’s an absolute disgrace,” Staat mentioned. “We have a professional athlete who has pulled the race card, he’s pulled the victim card. He knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now, he’s going to go ahead and capitalize on this by essentially extorting the black community.”
Staat, a former NFL participant and Marine veteran, appeared on the Fox News present to speak a few latest fundraising letter he wrote for his congressional marketing campaign. In his letter, he expresses his distaste in direction of Kaepernick and his choice to kneel for the nationwide anthem in an effort to protest police brutality in opposition to black Americans.
“Colin Kaepernick is a national disgrace and I’m tired of seeing him celebrated like he’s a hero,” Staat wrote in his fundraising letter. “Help me send a strong message to left-wing radicals in Washington that America is fed-up with their game plan, like they are fed up with Colin Kaepernick.”
On his web site, Staat continued his criticism of Kaepernick, writing, “Unlike Colin Kaepernick, this NFL pro ALWAYS stood for the Red, White and Blue, with toes on the line.”
Staat is operating to switch present California Rep. Paul Cook, who introduced in September that he wouldn’t search re-election. A Republican like Cook, Staat is up in opposition to Democrats Chris Bubser and James Ellars in California’s eighth congressional district.
In his fundraising letter, Staat additionally referenced Nike and the way Kaepernick is utilizing the model to assist advance his motives. Staat referred to as the athletic attire firm Kaepernick’s “little shining horse to ride in on to basically exploit and capitalize on his poor choice of trying to disgrace our men and women in uniform.”
Staat’s reference to Nike is concerning the model’s loyalty to Kaepernick regardless of his absence from the NFL. In 2018, Nike used Kaepernick as a face for an advert marketing campaign, and in response to Yahoo Sports, Nike’s inventory has risen 18 % since the advert. The firm additionally has plans to launch a shoe designed by Kaepernick later this month.
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for the previous three years however has been in the information lately after the league introduced they might maintain a exercise for him on November 12. Despite understanding in entrance of six groups, Kaepernick stays unsigned to an NFL workforce.
Two NFL gamers have continued to kneel throughout the anthem since the protests started, Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid and Houston Texans’ Kenny Stills.
Staat joined the navy in 2006 after the conclusion of his NFL profession with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Staat, who attended the University of Southern California on a soccer scholarship, had meant to hitch the navy following the September 11, 2001 terrorist assaults, however was inspired by his school teammate Pat Tillman to stay in the league till he may obtain retirement advantages. Tillman, nevertheless, left the Arizona Cardinals in 2001 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
When asserting his candidacy in September, Staat mentioned in a press release that “President Trump is under fire on a daily basis. The President alone can’t change Washington; he needs back up. Send in the Marine, Staat. I promise to always put American citizens first, prioritize national security and protect our freedom and workers.”
While showing on Fox & Friends, Staat added that he is additionally hoping to enhance the therapy of veterans, who he mentioned are “treated like second-class citizens” if elected to Congress.