GQ Magazine Just Named Their ‘Citizen Of The Year’ – Republicans Aren’t Going To Like It

After facing relentless demonization from Republicans, one prominent NFL star was just named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ Magazine.

 

Background:

The White House hasn’t been too friendly to the NFL lately.

Last year, former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. He quickly became the most hated player in the NFL as conservatives accused him of abusing the anthem for personal agenda.

Kaepernick lost his job and, to some, his credibility. But he also incited a mass movement against social injustice, uniting other players and teams around his cause.

President Trump repeatedly trashed the NFL this year in a desperate attempt to silence voices of progressivism. Nothing poses a greater threat to Trump’s nefarious plans for an authoritarian police state than grassroots resistance.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects out flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’” Trump told an electric crowd of supporters during a senate rally.

Despite widespread backlash to the president’s blind ignorance of first amendment rights, he later blasted the NFL on Twitter, insisting major leaguers who make “millions of dollars … should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag.”

It backfired. In the weeks that followed, NFL teams across the nation stood behind Kaepernick and his movement.

The Liberal Examiner reported last month that the NFL kneeling protest went global after German football players took a knee in solidarity with Kaepernick’s movement.

Although Kaepernick remains a villain in the eyes of many conservatives, his commitment to social justice garnered the attention of GQ Magazine, who named him “Citizen of the Year” in their latest issue.

 

What’s Happening Now:

In a Twitter post Monday, GQ announced Kaepernick’s newfound title, proudly displaying his photo across the magazine cover.


Labeling him “the man who became a movement,” GQ highlighted Kaepernick’s evolution from a rising NFL quarterback to a national icon.

“Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ,” the article reads. “Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act — kneeling during the national anthem — changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.”

Kaepernick remains wildly successful despite having lost his quarterback position. He signed a book deal last month purportedly worth over $1 million, Page Six reported.

The president’s shameless efforts to stifle progressivism merely fanned the flames of a growing national movement. Though our federal government may be red, the people’s voices still scream blue.

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