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President Trump rips Colin Kaepernick during Kentucky rally

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers stands

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on Oct. 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif. Credit: Getty Images / Thearon W. Henderson

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — President Donald Trump took a swipe at controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers but now is a free agent, hasn’t yet been signed to another team.

Trump told the crowd he read an article reporting that NFL owners don’t want to pick Kaepernick up “because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”

“Do you believe that?” he asked the enthusiastic crowd.

Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem at the start of NFL games last season to protest police treatment of minorities.

Trump said of the people of Kentucky, “They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

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