Megyn Kelly blasts Colin Kaepernick after he tweets about ‘American terrorist attacks’ following Soleimani strike – The Sun
MEGYN Kelly blasted Colin Kaepernick this weekend after the ex-NFL star lamented the "American terrorist attack" that killed a notorious Iranian leader.
The former news anchor put Kaepernick on the hot seat this weekend after he criticized the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that left Gen. Qasem Solemani dead on Friday.
“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” the former San Francisco 49ers player and current Nike spokesperson tweeted.
He added: “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.”
Kelly, a former Fox News anchor and NBC News host, swatted down Kaepernick’s take, questioning what role race could have played in a military action against a U.S.-designated terrorist.
“Because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?” she said.
Kelly’s response, in turn, drew the ire of many online, including filmmaker Ava Duvernay.
“Shame on you, Megyn,” the “Selma” director said, but Kelly didn’t budge.
“No, I will not be shamed over calling out bulls— claims of racism – which undermine the legitimate claims,” Kelly tweeted. “Killing a terrorist is not about skin color; it’s about protecting our country from a guy who murdered hundreds of Americans, period.”
The two sparred further, with DuVernay telling Kelly she “should be ashamed” and telling her to “educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims.”
“You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate,” the director tweeted in her final reply.
“If you think Soleimani was killed because of his skin color, you’re the one who needs to educate herself. Work on shaming someone else,” Kelly said in what appeared to be her final response.
Both Kaepernick and Kelly have been embroiled in controversies within their own industries surrounding contentious topics.
Kaepernick's activism led to him being essentially exiled from the NFL, and he hasn’t played since 2016.
He sparked a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that year when he kneeled as the national anthem was played before games.
Kelly, for her part, left her primetime show at Fox News in 2017, where she was commended for her tough questioning of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
She joined NBC News as a news anchor and host, but her Sunday night newsmagazine was quickly dropped for a lack of viewership. Her hour of the “Today” show also failed to attract an audience.
Kelly ultimately left NBC after she made comments about blackface, during which she questioned, “What is racist?”
“Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” she said. “Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character.”
Kelly later tearfully apologized after critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks.
Their tweets about Soleimani resonated since the airstrike that killed him remains a contentious issue.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended Soleimani’s assasination, alleging the Iranian general was planning an imminent attack on Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, said the move “endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
She announced Sunday the House of Representatives would vote on a war powers resolution to limit Trump’s power to take military action in Iran.
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