Gold Star mom Amanda Jacobs is letting loose on former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick, as she defends the American flag, which she says “stands for freedom.”
Kaepernick — who previously gained national attention when he knelt during the national anthem in protest and even drew disapproval from the president — found himself back in the spotlight when Nike nixed their Air Max 1 USA sneakers that had the Betsy Ross flag embroidered on the heel. They did so after Kaepernick reportedly told the athletic giant that the old version of the American flag was offensive.
Jacobs — although she later said that she didn’t know about the Betsy Ross flag controversy at the time — blasted Kaepernick during a speech on July 4 in Washington, D.C.
“When I look at this country today and I tell people, and I’ve wanted to say this loud so many times, Colin Kaepernick was getting paid $14 million dollars a year to throw a ball,” she said. “My son died for $14,000 a year and he’s given more than any football player, any athlete, has ever given.”
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Gold Star mom laces into anti-American Colin Kaepernick: My son "has given more than any athlete has ever given!" pic.twitter.com/tMsJNyzaPx
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 5, 2019
The Gold Star mom doubled down on her criticism toward Kaepernick as she recalled the patriotism of her fallen son, who was killed in combat while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
When recalling the sacrifices of her son and now hearing some people call any sort of an American flag offensive, Jacobs responded on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday that the “flag is a symbol. … It’s a symbol of hope.”
“The American flag stands for freedom. It stands for our rights,” she said, adding that her son “was going to do what he had to do to protect that symbol.” (for copy edit
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Nike’s decision to pull the sneakers ahead of Fourth of July caused multiple 2020 Democrats to applaud the move — despite the same flags hanging during former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2013.
However, some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’d “make the first order” if Nike reverses their decision, or if another shoe company chooses to sell the sneakers with the Betsy Ross flag.