Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) claims that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism is linked to a sympathy he harbors for ISIS and that he should be fired:
Add Islamophobia to Republican lawmaker Steve King’s growing resume of ignorance.
The Iowa representative appeared on Newsmax Monday to spew hate at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for protesting during the national anthem and inspiring other athletes to join him in denouncing police brutality and the oppression of black people in America.
Because Kaepernick takes a knee before football games, King linked him to one of the world’s most infamous terrorist groups, the self-described Islamic State. On Newsmax’s “Steve Malzberg Show,” King said that Kaepernick’s “activism is sympathetic to ISIS” and that the 49ers quarterback should be fired, Salon reports.
When pressed to explain his remark, King offered some flimsy, Islamophobic evidence.
“I understand that [Kaepernick] has an, Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancee,” King said, referring to MTV personality Nessa Diab, “and that this has changed him, and has taken on some different political views along the way.”
Is that supposed to be conclusive evidence, or what?