After months of anticipation, the first presidential debate is finally in the books. With a record-breaking audience watching at home, not everyone was happy with what they saw.

Debate reaction

One of the highest-profiled stories in 2016 has been the stand made by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After Kaepernick made the decision to protest police brutality by no longer standing during the playing of the national anthem, the reaction has been mixed. As expected, conservatives expressed their outrage that the 49er allegedly disrespected the United States, while many on the left gave their support.

During Tuesday's football practice, Kaepernick gave his thoughts about the debate and didn't hold back his views about either candidate, as reported by Bleacher Report on September 27.

"To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates," Kaepernick told the press, stating, "Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who’s less racist." While Colin was hard on both candidates, he saved his harshest criticism for the Repubican nominee. After Kaepernick decided to stay seated during the national anthem, Trump expressed his opposition, suggesting that the quarterback "find another country." The NFL quarterbackwas asked about Trump's comments, and responded accordingly.

Referring to Trump's remarks as "very ignorant," the football star noted, "Make America great again? America has never been great for people of color," he claimed.

On the state of the 2016 election, Kaepernick said, "If you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it's still evil." In addition to the Kapernick's protest, other athletes in the NFL and around the country have taken part in similar protests in an attempt to express their feeling about police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.

State of the race

Kaepernick protesting has highlighted the racial division in the country, most notably between African-Americans communities and police officers.

For Trump and Clinton, their standing with minorities is the widest gap of any voting bloc in the current race. With only two percent support among African-American voters, Trump is in a historic hole that most pollsters don't believe he can climb out of. Unless Trump can make an unprecedented comeback with the black community, as well as Hispanics and women, Clinton will remain the odds on favorite heading into November.

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