How’s this for fame? Former NFL quarterback kneeler Colin Kaepernick has been called out in a new campaign ad produced by Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne, running to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.
In the ad, Byrne refers to Kaepernick as an “entitled athlete” and puts him in the same illustrious company as “The Squad” freshman reps currently tearing up the Democrat establishment.
While images of Kaepernick, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, appear, Byrne says “It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11. Entitled athletes dishonoring our flag. The ‘Squad’ attacking America.”
Byrne appeared on Fox & Friends yesterday to defend his new campaign ad, in which he also references the memory of his brother Dale, an Army veteran who deployed to the Middle East.
“I am so proud of that ad.”
“There is a cultural divide in this country,” Byrne said. “The vast majority of us are on the president's side. But these people like Omar and Colin Kaepernick criticizing the president because he took out the most dangerous man in the Middle East — give me a break.”
Byrne’s ire against Kaepernick was particularly ignited after Kaepernick decided to make the U.S. drone strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani all about race.
Last week, Kaepernick tweeted, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”
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
Byrne called BS on that and tweeted in response, “Anyone who doesn’t understand which side is terrorist and which side is fighting the terrorists is either delusional or, worse, anti-America. Which do you think this jerk is?”
And this is who you want as the face of your brand, @Nike?
Anyone who doesn’t understand which side is terrorist and which side is fighting the terrorists is either delusional or, worse, anti-America.— Bradley Byrne (@BradleyByrne) January 5, 2020
Which do you think this jerk is?
And this is who you want as the face of your brand, @Nike?https://t.co/rW9lU9rcQX
We wonder that all the time...
Nine Line is a veteran-owned company. Relentlessly patriotic and damn proud of it. Nike may choose a man child, like Kaepernick, to represent their brand, but we never will.
We’ve proudly entered into a partnership with retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher to launch an exclusive line of apparel called Salty Frog Gear (SFG).
We choose our brand ambassadors from the warrior class. We proudly support those who wear the cloth of our nation and would willingly lay down their lives in service to their fellow Americans.
Warfighters, police officers and first responders — these are the men and women who earn our respect, and for whom we will always stand.
Not you, Colin.