On Tuesday, America saw GQ magazine side with Colin Kaepernick — one of the country's most controversial athletes.

GQ has named “Men of the Year” for years, but it decided to award Kaepernick as “Citizen of the Year.” The news rubbed many NFL fans the wrong way. Elected officials on Capitol Hill added their perspective — Republicans and Democrats.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) has prosthetic legs because of an IED blast he survived in Afghanistan. During an interview with Fox News, Mast made it clear where he stood on the announcement.

“He's really stolen one of the greatest moments of Americana in professional sports out of everybody's life,” he said. “And I don't think that's worthy of praise.”

On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) offered her opinion, according to TMZ Sports. While Mast's take on the issue was against the decision, Waters couldn't have been happier by the choice.

Catching Waters in public, a reporter asked her if she believes Kaepernick is deserving of the recognition.

“I think that he has absolutely sacrificed all for what he believes in. And people with [the] courage to do what they think is right, despite the consequences, must be respected and honored,” Waters said.

You can watch her comments in the video below.

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