Speaking at a rally this week in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump took direct aim at quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protests against police violence. But in a hugely a viral tweet this Friday, Kaepernick’s mom hit back.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!'” Trump said to loud applause at the rally.
Shortly after Trump made the comments, Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin, replied to Trump’s comments with a reference to his “son of a b*tch” remark.
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!
— Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017
The tweet, which as of this writing has been liked and retweeted well over 100,000 times, sparked a massive wave of praise from the Twittersphere:
Ma’am, you’ve raised an incredible son. A hero and an inspiration.
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) September 23, 2017
— ley (@Ley_KJ) September 23, 2017
OMG this is the best. This kid shows more class than a man who had 70 years to practice. I use the term “man” loosely.
— Maureen Larsen (@reenielarsen) September 23, 2017
YAAAAAAAS MAMA ❤️ ✊✊✊✊✊
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) September 23, 2017
Mama Kaep for the win pic.twitter.com/epQZkhqKqk
— Nicholas Wilson (@NickWilson923) September 23, 2017
Wins the internet for the day!
— Mothra (@Eradona) September 23, 2017
I’m proud of you Teresa & your son. You raised him right. True Americans! I stand with you both. We’ve got work to do & 1st job is #Impeach
— Tiger Pooka (@TigerPooka) September 23, 2017
The NFL responded to Trump’s comments this Saturday with a statement from commissioner Roger Goodell.
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” the statement read. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
[This post has been updated because the previous version shared the wrong picture of Kaepernick’s mother.]
Featured image via Twitter