Kaepernick and his protests were becoming a nothing burger until the week of September 18th of last year when Trump elevated the entire story by making an issue of it. Otherwise, Kap and the others would've been an after thought by now. But let's take a look back at what was going on in Trump's world that week: News was ablaze with Trump's firing of Comey and his ensuing meeting with the Russian officials in the Oval office without other American's present, the Republican's last ditch effort to repeal Obamacare was floundering, and Trump's son in law, Kuschner, had been communicating with other administration officials on a private e-mail account. Trump was looking for a distraction, a classic Trump move. He found it in Kaepernick and turned his protest, which were fading from the forefront, into an issue of patriotism and love of country. Lately I've had to laugh as so many have burned their Nike apparel in protest. Trump has essentially lowered the definition of patriotism for 35% of Americans to what brand of shoes they are wearing. Think about that for a minute.....patriotism reduced to a brand. It's shallow at best.