Colin Kaepernick appeared to respond to the death of Qassem Soleimani by characterizing the U.S. strike on the Iranian military commander as an “American terrorist attack.”
“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” Kaepernick said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon.
I’m sorry for your loss
— e-beth (@ebeth360) January 4, 2020
In another tweet, the former NFL quarterback appeared to take a shot at the U.S. military and said 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,” Kaepernick said.
President Donald Trump on Friday addressed the killing of Soleimani, which came following Iranian-backed militia members’ New Year’s Eve storming of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.
“Last night at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world: Qassem Soleimani,” Trump said during the brief address from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
“Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous to terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American,” Trump said. “We will find you. We will eliminate you.”
Soleimani, one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian government, was the spearhead of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East.
Kaepernick’s remarks on U.S. military action earned him the condemnation of numerous commenters on social media.
I'm a big fan, but please don't compare Soleimani to the people abused by our government. This man brutalized and caused the deaths of thousands of people in Iraq and Syria. It would be insulting to the victims of police brutality over here to equate them with this war criminal.
— KovpakHorseman (@HorsemanKovpak) January 4, 2020
“I’m a big fan, but please don’t compare Soleimani to the people abused by our government. This man brutalized and caused the deaths of thousands of people in Iraq and Syria. It would be insulting to the victims of police brutality over here to equate them with this war criminal,” tweeted one user.
Some accused Kaepernick of harboring un-American sympathies.
It's not even over the top compared to what I expected. Completely predictable.
— Adam (@adam7926) January 4, 2020
Others accused the former San Francisco 49er of outright hypocrisy.
Lot of non-white children being worked until their fingers bleed to make sure Kap’s new kicks get made
— BMP (@BlMarketParade) January 4, 2020
Still others were astounded by the lengths to which Kaepernick had gone to assert his “wokeness.”
Imagine being so woke you start repping a genocidal maniac who murdered tons of blacks people in the name of black people. So woke you asleep.
— Chloé S. Valdary 📚 (@cvaldary) January 4, 2020
“Imagine being so woke you start repping a genocidal maniac who murdered tons of blacks people in the name of black people. So woke you asleep,” tweeted writer Chloe S. Valdary.