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Colin Kaepernick: 'Let's make America great for the first time'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The day after the first presidential debate of 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had criticism for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Kaepernick, who has drawn plenty of attention the past couple of months because of his decision to not stand during the national anthem as a form of protest of racial inequalities in the United States, said he watched "a little bit" of the debate and came away unimpressed.

"To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates," Kaepernick said. "Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end it's still evil.'"

Trump has spoken on the record about Kaepernick's protest, levying his objections to Kaepernick's kneeling during the anthem -- after the QB initially sat -- on a Seattle radio station in late August. Appearing on the Dori Monson Show, Trump suggested that Kaepernick find somewhere else to live if he doesn't like the United States.

"I have followed it, and I think it's personally not a good thing. I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him -- let him try, it's not gonna happen," Trump said.

Kaepernick had offered similar criticisms of Trump and Clinton when he first began discussing his reasons for his protest. Kaepernick circled back to Trump on Tuesday afternoon when the QB was asked what he thought of Trump's comments on the radio show.

"That's a very ignorant statement, that if you don't agree with what's going on here, that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all, that you should leave the country," Kaepernick said. "He always says, 'Make America great again.' Well, America has never been great for people of color and that's something that needs to be addressed. Let's make America great for the first time."