President Barack Obama essentially told San Francisco 49ers players Colin Kaepernick that it's OK to offend all Gold Star families. And he said it in front of a military audience.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Obama spoke at a town hall event and said, "I want Mr. Kaepernick and others who are on a knee, I want them to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody, who for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing."
It sounds like a rebuke, right? But then he flips it on its head.
"But I also want people to think about the pain that he may be expressing about somebody who's lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot," he added.
You can't have it both ways, Mr. President. It sounds like you're very clearly telling Kaepernick to first listen to the people he's offending, then to ignore them and keep doing what he's doing. Nowhere in that statement do you actually suggest Kaepernick stop offending Gold Star families with his refusal to stand for the National Anthem.
Are you folks seeing what I'm seeing here?