Just wondering about everyone's position here.
While I sympathize with (Kaepernick's) initial reasoning, I'm not sure I agree with kneeling. Whatever social niggles the US has, the flag and National Anthem are as much to honor those who fought and/or died for the country.
That said, my opinion shifted once Trump weighed in. A President suggesting people be fired (i.e. punished) for kneeling during the National Anthem makes it a direct case of government interfering with freedom of speech, something those same soldiers fought and died defending.
While Trump indeed shouldn't have said that (Actually, he shouldn't say ANYTHING at this point. EvER!), CNN and some other news stations seem to be paying waaaaaaayyy too much heed to it. I don't think that it's a huge deal, it is a personal choice, and at the end of the day it doesn't really change anything. But yes, that is definitely NOT something that a president should say. Which again proves that Trump just doesn't give a-.