In two-fer, Ted Cruz takes Kaepernick, NYT to school over attempt to rain on Trump’s parade

In two-fer, Ted Cruz takes Kaepernick, NYT to school over attempt to rain on Trump’s parade
Colin Kaepernick, Frederick Douglass

It should come as no surprise that a whining opportunist like Colin Kaepernick would quote the great nineteenth-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass out of context to  continue his petulant crusade against this year’s celebration of the Fourth of July. It might at one time have been surprising to see the New York Times editorial board weigh in in support of Kaepernick, but the Grey Lady long ago fell from grace.

Having roiled the waters once with his foolish, quasi-conspiratorial attack on the Betsy Ross flag, Kaepernick re-emerged on Independence Day, this time armed with a quote from a Fourth of July speech that Douglass delivered in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852.

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It’s worth noting for starters that Douglass was speaking from firsthand experience: He had himself suffered the indignity of enslavement, which was still widely in practice. The Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation, moreover, were still a decade off.

Even more significant was the tone of optimism expressed toward the end of the speech, which Kaepernick conveniently overlooked:

I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from “the Declaration of Independence,” the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.

Sen. Ted Cruz responded to Kaepernick’s mindless and self-serving tweet with a series of tweets of his own in which he noted that “Douglass was not anti-American; he was, rightly and passionately, anti-slavery. Indeed, he concluded the speech as follows: ‘Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country.'”

Enter New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who tweeted:

That prompted Cruz to tweet:

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