What an absolutely stark and disturbing contrast:
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the President unnecessarily decides that he's going to find some good in the protesters. At a time when he absolutely could have gotten away with calling a group of people SOBs (Nazis, KKK, White Supremacists) -- the so-called patriotic "Americans" who came prepared for violence and aggressive provocation and who boldly slung Nazi slogans and anti-Semitic chants -- he instead comments (repeatedly) on the good folks who marched alongside them.
In Alabama, Trump unnecessarily (he didn't need to bring it up) decides to target Colin Kapernick and others who peacefully protest against what they believe to be mistreatment of Americans by kneeling at the national anthem. He calls them SOBs who should be fired. Further, he instructs fans to walk out of the stadium if players kneel.
He has left absolutely no ambiguity with regard to his feelings about people who kneel during the national anthem. And despite belatedly renouncing White Supremacy, he has continued to find the good amongst the Charlottesville protesters. He chooses to picks fights that divide America where he could use his pulpit to encourage important unifying conversation.
I am not one who believes Trump is a racist (despite my statements above), but the optics of what he is doing in the service of his ego and his base, is divisive, ignorant, and understandable fodder for those who claim Trump has racial bias. He has been a disgrace as president and as a leader. I hope somehow this changes over the next 3 years.