At an event on March 20, President Donald Trump somehow veered from rallying supporters around his unpopular health care bill to slamming football player Colin Kaepernick in the blink of an eye.
The former San Francisco 49er is currently a free agent looking to land a job with another NFL team, and Trump was quick to take credit for the athlete’s job woes.
“It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick [Kaepernick] up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” the president — yes, the president of the United States — told the crowd in third person. “Do you believe that?”
For months, Trump has taken issue with Kaepernick, who chose not to stand for the national anthem before his NFL games in an act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Last August, Trump called Kaepernick’s actions “a terrible thing” and suggested “he should find a country that works better for him.”
Instead of stooping to the president’s level, the quarterback has continued taking the high road.
The day after Trump’s blustery comments, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Kaepernick donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels.
The athlete hasn’t spoken out about Trump’s latest dig (yet), but his donation speaks for itself.
Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit that, among other services, provides food to seniors in need and would be in serious jeopardy if Trump’s budget proposal becomes a reality. The president caught flak for proposing to eliminate the Community Services Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant — two vital sources of funding that keep some local Meals on Wheels programs afloat.
$50,000 goes a long way.
And he didn’t stop there.
Kaepernick also gave generously to the #LoveArmyForSomalia campaign, an online initiative aiming to help ease the famine gripping Somalia that has left millions in desperate need of food and water.
The athlete — seen below celebrating the news that the campaign secured an airplane to transport food and water — recently donated another $50,000 to that cause, according to Rapoport.
“We started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water,” Kaepernick explained in his video. “We’ll make sure every cent goes toward helping these people.”
A former first lady once said, “When they go low, we go high.” It sounds like Kaepernick got her message.