U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has offered a different criticism of Colin Kaepernick, saying that his protest is “sympathetic to ISIS.”
King cited rumors of Kaepernick having a Islamic girlfriend as proof that in some way Kaepernick is promoting an “activism sympathetic to ISIS.”
He made these comments Tuesday during an interview with Newsmax, as SI.com noted.
“I think Colin Kaepernick is representing the San Francisco 49ers when he puts on that uniform,” King said. “When he steps out on the stage, the world stage, he’s taking advantage of that, and he’s undermining patriotism.”
“I understand that he has an Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him and has taken on some different political views along the way,” he continued. “This is activism that’s sympathetic to ISIS.”
What King is referencing here are reports from websites liked WND that read as follows:
According to widespread reports, still unconfirmed, he and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, an MTV DJ, may be planning an Islamic-style wedding. During Ramadan, he posted a greeting on Instagram wishing his friends the best for the holiday: “kaepernick7 I know a lot of people who were fasting during Ramadan, wishing you a Happy Eid!”
After these rumors and rumors that he was considered converting to Islam started spreading, Kaepernick tried to set the record straight.
I have great respect for the religion, know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people. But I think that [rumor of conversion] comes along with people’s fear of this protest, as well as Islamophobia in this country. People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous.
The impact is just conversations that we constantly have. This is an open discussion that I have with many people, not just my woman. She is Muslim, her family is Muslim, I have great respect for them. I have great respect for people’s right to believe what they want to believe. And I don’t think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are.
It does not appear to have worked.