According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a “racist” because he’s opposed to air strikes on Iran that could eventually lead to another endless war in the Middle East.
On Saturday, Kaepernick posted this on Twitter:
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 (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
That’s a fair point. and it also happens to be supported by history. If you doubt that, you should probably pick up a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and read it carefully.
But Graham managed to twist that tweet into Kaepernick’s being racist, even though he just so happens to be African-American.
During an appearance on Fox, the South Carolina senator told host Maria Bartiromo:
“Yeah, he’s a loser on and off the field. He has no idea what the Iranian regime has done to the region, he has no idea that they have 600 American deaths as a result of IEDs made in Iran and used in Iraq.”
And then Graham tried to suggest that questioning American military and foreign policy somehow makes a person unpatriotic:
“It’s un-American. He’s a racist. If you’re looking for for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror. Your country is not the problem! It’s the Iranians and you’re so blinded by your hatred of Trump that you can’t see the difference between who we are and who the Ayatollah is.”
But Graham tipped his hand when asked for his thoughts on the assassination of Iranian general Quassem Soleimani, giddily celebrating the killing by exclaiming:
“For the first time in my life time the Iranians are worried about the Americans, not the Americans worried about the Iranians.”
Do you suppose Senator Graham will feel that way if and when Iran retaliates and even more Americans are killed?
Featured Image Via Screenshot