After President Donald Trump's unexpected assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, many people on both ends of the political spectrum are crying foul.
That includes Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback, who took to Twitter to denounce the assassination as a modern example of American imperialism.
See Kaepernick's tweets here.
America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is th… https://t.co/P7d0y9V6wy— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick)1578168635.0
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham quickly responded with a racially-charged rant on Fox News.
On Fox News, Graham, a sitting Senator from South Carolina, said of Kaepernick:
"He's a loser on and off the field. It's un-American."
"He's a racist. If you're looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror."
Lindsey Graham: Colin Kaepernick is a 'racist' youtu.be
Graham also attacked other public figures who spoke out against Trump's attack.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of his targets.
This is a war crime. Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children - which is what you’re d… https://t.co/QEwG0msq3B— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1578192809.0
Meanwhile, many were pointing out that Trump's threats on Twitter were, in fact, war crimes.
WAR CRIME "Making the clearly-recognized historic monuments, works of art or places of worship which constitute th… https://t.co/fVEKiSs5Wq— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1578180242.0
Someone better let the President know he's threatening war crimes. - 52 sites for purely symbolic reasons would b… https://t.co/aAEFDmIe5E— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1578181701.0
Many conservative pundits online tried to tear down Kaepernick for his opinion.
But most people seemed to think attacking the former NFL player for "racism" was a bridge too far.
Because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling p… https://t.co/OPqh80gggN— Megyn Kelly (@Megyn Kelly)1578180563.0
@megynkelly You should be ashamed. Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound l… https://t.co/TI4JsPtGUf— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1578249166.0
@HuffPost One is fighting for the truth, rights and safety of his fellow man, and the other is fighting for white s… https://t.co/G3PC9YpTTE— Dudley DuRite (@Dudley DuRite)1578322363.0
In recent years, Graham has also developed a reputation for saying ANYTHING to get ahead politically.
And getting ahead for Graham means supporting Trump no matter what.
@HuffPost News outlets should stop reporting on Lindsey Graham! His opinion is as irrelevant as an escort’s contrib… https://t.co/EIoxl1KrV1— Bouba Diakite (@Bouba Diakite)1578322523.0
@HuffPost Kaepernick is easily twenty times the man that Graham will ever be. When it comes to honor, honesty,ethi… https://t.co/t7hTS16gDw— Sarah Ruth (@Sarah Ruth)1578321774.0
@HuffPost Coming from a guy with no integrity, who flip-flops policy and conviction depending on where the money is… https://t.co/hYLe6KzQo9— Scott Lindstrom (@Scott Lindstrom)1578332227.0
On Twitter at least, it seems like Kaepernick has come out ahead.
@HuffPost Graham is the real loser, he's supposed to be a leader. Kaepernick, although the high profile is an every… https://t.co/k6kIfqSaWC— Rob Young (@Rob Young)1578320658.0
Lindsey Graham on Colin Kaepernick: "He’s a racist. If you’re looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look… https://t.co/vdB6ohUGfJ— Ms. Krassenstein (@Ms. Krassenstein)1578317211.0
Now that 2020 has begun, we can all look forward to plenty of similar arguments from conservative media.
@HuffPost Straight out of the cultural war handbook.— King T’Challa💥 (@King T’Challa💥)1578331387.0
Ultimately, there's little doubt we'll see Senator Graham back on television soon, saying whatever he can to justify and pacify President Trump, regardless of the facts.
Graham is up for reelection in 2020. He faces Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison.
Follow us on @Medium👇🏾 https://t.co/daBRhehPMI— Jaime Harrison (@Jaime Harrison)1578074341.0
"Graham has not had a town hall in South Carolina in well over two years. But you can find him on Fox News or golfi… https://t.co/Z5nrSqQLEe— Jaime Harrison (@Jaime Harrison)1578353041.0
Need #NewYearResolutions inspo? Help kick Lindsey Graham out of office! ⬇️ https://t.co/LeoM8FNf5I— Jaime Harrison (@Jaime Harrison)1578276611.0