Florida State Rep. Uses Jose Fernandez’s Death for Absurd Cause

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Florida State Rep. Literally Could not Find a Worse Way of Slamming Kaepernick - Citizen Slant

A state representative from Florida, Republican Matt Gaetz, literally came up with the worst possible way to go after San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem — worst for Gaetz, that is.

Gaetz woke up on Sunday morning read about the unexpected and tragic death of Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez which occurred just hours before, and decided to make it a political statement slamming Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during national anthems.

Gaetz tweets:

“To all who will kneel during the anthem today- just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it.”

Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident off of Miami Beach. “A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Miami was heading out on a law enforcement patrol at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday when they passed a jetty along Government Cut and discovered an overturned 33-foot center console boat on the jetty with three deceased aboard,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Kaepernick has faced both criticism and praise for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African Americans. Almost exclusively, the politicians who have been his critics have been Republicans. But this particular Republican (Gaetz) did not fare well on his tweet, as he drew substantial backlash on social media.

Shockingly, Gaetz has not issued any sort of an apology or retraction, despite the fact that his tweet is nonsensical on top of being inappropriate. He shot a tweet back:

“My point is that while America remains imperfect, so many do so much to enjoy our freedoms. Seems ungrateful to kneel. Just my opinion.”


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