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Colin Kaepernick has been able to stir up public debate through his national anthem protests in a way that is making Kathy Griffin proud.

The comedian and former CNN contributor, fresh off withdrawing her apology for a graphic photoshoot where she held aloft a mock severed head of the president, gushed about the unemployed quarterback's activism.

“Your activism has come at a price but you haven’t backed down...not even once. Thank you for leading the way,” Griffin tweeted.

Ironically, the case can be made that Griffin did back down after public condemnation of her photoshoot. As Griffin said months after her initial apology:

“I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody,” Griffin said. “Like, I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me. I had friends, Debra Messing from 'Will and Grace,' tweeting against me.”

Kaepernick, who has used his charitable foundation to donate to cop-killers and supports genocidal communists like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, is also a questionable role model for activists, since he does not even vote in democratic elections.

“I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system,” he explained. ”And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression."

Griffin, and national anthem protesters, are thus endorsing the nondemocratic solution of a cop-hating, communist sympathizer, whose debunked racially motivated police violence narrative has sown division in the country and undermined one of America's greatest pastimes.

Something to be proud of? You decide.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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