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NY Councilman to Colin Kaepernick After Arrest of Chelsea Bombing Suspect: ‘You’re Welcome’

Colin Kaepernick, joined by teammate Eric Reid, continues his protest in Charlotte on Sunday. (MIKE MCCARN/AP)
Colin Kaepernick, joined by teammate Eric Reid, continues his protest in Charlotte on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

*New York Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) on Monday somehow found a way to link today’s arrest of Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami to his distaste over Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of America’s race problem.

Following the bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, Rahami was taken into custody Monday after a massive manhunt and shootout with police in Linden, N.J.

“You are welcome Colin Kaepernick,” Zeldin wrote in a tweet after authorities captured Rahami, 28.

New York Rep. Lee Zeldin
New York Rep. Lee Zeldin

The Republican lawmaker has been among those critical of the San Francisco 49ers player’s refusal to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans.

Zeldin tweeted last month that Kaepernick “should think about the service members risking their lives to protect his freedom to be both rich and unpatriotic in NFL.”

The freshman congressman, is following the lead of Rep. Peter King, who called Kaepernick a “disgrace” for protesting during the anthem.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) also penned a recent op-ed calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “discipline” players who refuse to stand during the anthem.

“While there are still tragic and inexcusable incidents of injustice, racism and bigotry in this country of more than 300 million people, we cannot allow influential members of our society to undermine the monumental progress that has been made in our nation’s relatively short history,” Williams wrote.

“These players must be reminded that our flag, our national anthem and the uniform of our brave military are more sacred than the uniforms that they wear on the field,” he wrote.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Yet another red herring thrown into the pond of stupidity, all to avoid a serious conversation about why he’s kneeling.

  2. Peaceful protest IS legal in America. I agree with straightnochaser and poline. As I agree with Thomas Jefferson “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – And citizen protest is the beginning of the refreshing. Zeldins comments show fear and disdain for citizens rights. He should be fired.

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