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Lindsey Graham Rips ‘Racist’ Colin Kaepernick For Criticising Soleimani ‘Terrorist’ Hit

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Senator Lindsey Graham called Colin Kaepernick a “racist” after the activist and former NFL quarterback criticised America’s airstrike assassination of Iran’s top commander.

“He’s a loser on and off the field,” Graham said of Kaepernick in an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News. “It’s un-American. He’s a racist. If you’re looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror.”

In a tweet Saturday, Kaepernick described the hit on Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad as part of a pattern of “American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Kaepernick became a target of relentless criticism by President Donald Trump for taking a knee during the national anthem before football games to protest police brutality and systemic racism in America.

There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020

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

Graham also lashed out at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she called Trump a “monster” for threatening to target Iranian cultural sites in military attacks. Such attacks would violate international agreements on war and would fit the Defense Department’s definition of a war crime.

“AOC doesn’t know anything about the law of armed conflict, obviously,” Graham insisted on Fox.

This is a war crime.

Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children – which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a “tough guy.”

It does not make you “strategic.”
It makes you a monster. https://t.co/IjkNO8BD07

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2020

In fact, deliberately targeting cultural sites, or the civilians gathered there, would be a war crime, according to several experts, including a former deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense:

WAR CRIME

“Making the clearly-recognized historic monuments, works of art or places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples … the object of attack”

Geneva Convention Protocol I
(also: U.S. Department of Defense, Law of War Manual, 5.18) pic.twitter.com/yqKLA6JHbY

— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 4, 2020

Someone better let the President know he’s threatening war crimes.

– 52 sites for purely symbolic reasons would be a war crime.
– Striking cultural sites without military necessity would be a war crime
– Striking in revenge is a war crime
– Targeting civilians is a war crime

— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 4, 2020

Returning Fox News host Megyn Kelly also mocked Kaepernick on Twitter. “Everything is racist. Everything,” she wrote sarcastically. “Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?”

Kaepernick was the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” advertising campaign.

Because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud? https://t.co/sfc1Yz3phY

— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 4, 2020

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay — the first Black woman to be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe award for “Selma” — snapped back in a tweet to Kelly: “Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate.”  

You should be ashamed. Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate.

That will be all.

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 5, 2020

NBC fired Kelly in 2018 after she defended blackface during an episode of her morning show on the network. Kelly later apologized for her comments.

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Senator Lindsey Graham called Colin Kaepernick a “racist” after the activist and former NFL quarterback criticised America’s airstrike assassination of Iran’s top commander.

“He’s a loser on and off the field,” Graham said of Kaepernick in an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News. “It’s un-American. He’s a racist. If you’re looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror.”

In a tweet Saturday, Kaepernick described the hit on Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad as part of a pattern of “American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Kaepernick became a target of relentless criticism by President Donald Trump for taking a knee during the national anthem before football games to protest police brutality and systemic racism in America.

Graham also lashed out at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she called Trump a “monster” for threatening to target Iranian cultural sites in military attacks. Such attacks would violate international agreements on war and would fit the Defense Department’s definition of a war crime.

“AOC doesn’t know anything about the law of armed conflict, obviously,” Graham insisted on Fox.

In fact, deliberately targeting cultural sites, or the civilians gathered there, would be a war crime, according to several experts, including a former deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense:

Returning Fox News host Megyn Kelly also mocked Kaepernick on Twitter. “Everything is racist. Everything,” she wrote sarcastically. “Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?”

Kaepernick was the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” advertising campaign.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay — the first Black woman to be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe award for “Selma” — snapped back in a tweet to Kelly: “Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate.”  

NBC fired Kelly in 2018 after she defended blackface during an episode of her morning show on the network. Kelly later apologized for her comments.

Also on HuffPost

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/lindsey-graham-rips-racist-colin-kaepernick_au_5e13bb0de4b0843d36177214

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