Republicans could learn from Colin Kaepernick

Last week, Nevada senator Jeff Flake announced that he would not be seeking another term as senator. In his speech, he gave a scathing criticism of Trump, saying, “we must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.”

People from both sides of the aisle hailed Flake as a hero, calling his speech brave and one of the most important in modern American history.

Flake’s speech comes weeks after Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s scathing remarks against Trump. In an interview with The New York Times, Corker criticized Trump’s lies on Twitter, the “babysitting” of Trump by those around him, and even claimed that “Trump may be setting the US on the path to World War III.”

Flake and Corker now join Arizona Senator John McCain in the “anti-Trump Senators club.” Before we hail these three as heroes, there is something else to take into consideration, all three will not be seeking another term as senator. They do not have to worry about the repercussions of their words come election season. True bravery is speaking the truth no matter what. True bravery is what Colin Kaepernick did.

Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice in the United States. Kaepernick was the star quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers at the time. He had fame and fortune. Yet, he undertook such a controversial action anyway. Why? Because he believed it was the right thing to do.

Where were Senators Flake, Corker, and McCain during the campaign season? Where was their sharp rebuke at Trump calling Hispanics rapists and criminals, and wanting to impose a Muslim ban? Why are the three senators continuing to support Trump’s radical agenda while in office? McCain voted against the Obamacare repeal, yet, voted for every other republican bill and Trump nominee. The braver thing for these senators to do is to pursue another term and stall Trump’s legislative agenda until he starts acting presidential.

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