There are no shortages of reactions when invoking President Donald Trump’s name. The 45th President of the United States is as controversial as it gets, but that isn’t slowing down a multi-million dollar re-election campaign that you’ll see at this year’s Super Bowl. He faces critics at every turn, but perhaps none are more polarizing than former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The pair trade jabs what seems like every few weeks, and even a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, a known terrorist and high-ranking military leader, wasn’t free from some choice words.
On Saturday, Kaepernick took to Twitter citing “attacks on Black and Brown people” and “American imperialism” in a series of tweets after the Iranian terrorist’s death.
Colin Kaepernick After Qassem Soleimani’s Death
“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”
“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.”
— Colin Kaepernick, via Twitter
Soleimani was part of the U.S. Department of State’s “Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism” back in 2007. In retaliation for his death, U.S. troops in the Middle East were targeted by Iranian airstrikes.
Conservatives like former FOX News host Megyn Kelly and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham pushed back on Kaepernick’s position.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is already widely disliked for his national anthem protests that rocked the National Football League. Fighting back against racial injustice and police brutality, Kaepernick has become a key figure in the black community through his foundation and countless hours of educating the public on long-standing issues.
Say what you will about Kaepernick’s political alignment, it takes guts to put your opinion into the world of social media, especially when it’s an unpopular one.