Colin Kaepernick has made headlines for the entire 2016 NFL season because of his national anthem protest as his demand change in the United States. But the San Francisco 49ers quarterback decided not to participate in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Kaepernick told reporters on Tuesday that he hadn’t voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and that he didn’t plan on doing so before the polls closed.
Reporter: Have you voted?
Colin Kaepernick: "No."
Reporter: Are you going to vote?
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 8, 2016
Prior to the election, Kaepernick made it known that he wasn’t a fan of either the Republican or the Democratic nominee.
“It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick told reporters after watching the first debate between Trump and Clinton in September. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who’s less racist.”
However, Kaepernick did indicate at the time that he was going to make a choice between either Trump or Hillary.
“And at this point ... you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”
Trump responded to Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem when it first started making news, indicating that the quarterback should go to another country if he had so many issues with the United States. While a long list of celebrities vowed before the election that they would move to Canada if Trump defeated Clinton, Kaepernick doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“It's a very ignorant statement that if you don't agree with what's going on here, if you want justice, liberty and freedom for all, then you should leave the country,” Kaepernick said. “He always says ‘Make America Great Again.’ Well, it’s never been great for people of color.”
Clinton easily won the 55 electoral votes in Kaepernick’s current state of California, though it wasn’t nearly enough to defeat Trump. Clinton also bested Trump in the nation’s popular vote.
Kaepernick was the 49ers’ backup quarterback when he began his protest, but he’s since taken over the starting job from Blaine Gabbert. San Francisco is 0-3 with Kaepernick as the starter, having lost each game handily.