News and Commentary

Megyn Kelly Spikes Kaepernick Over ‘American Terrorist’ Tweet; Gets Into Twitter War With Director Ava DuVernay
Journalist Megyn Kelly, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
Photos (L-R) by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter, Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for KWL, and George Pimentel/Getty Images

On Thursday, Major-General Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in an air strike ordered by President Trump. Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. forces.

The decision has divided Washington and the media, largely along party and ideological lines.

On Saturday, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent out two not-so-cryptic tweets seemingly in response to the killing of Soleimani:

There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism. 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.

While Kaepernick wasn’t ratioed, with his tweets garnering a combined 134,000 “likes” and 29,900 retweets as of publication, the former quarterback was still roundly mocked by many.

Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly spiked Kaepenick on Saturday, writing: “Because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?”

Kelly’s tweet led to the following exchange with African American filmmaker Ava DuVernay:

DUVERNAY: Shame on you, Megyn.

KELLY: No, I will not be shamed over calling out bulls*** claims of racism – which undermine the legitimate claims. Killing a terrorist is not about skin color; it’s about protecting our country from a guy who murdered hundreds of Americans, period.

DUVERNAY: You should be ashamed. Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate. That will be all.

KELLY: 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.

DuVernay then shared that she had “muted” Megyn Kelly on Twitter. The exchange led to comments both in support of Kelly as well as DuVernay.

Following Kelly and DuVernay’s war of words, the former Fox News anchor sent another tweet pertaining to the killing of Soleimani:

From @WSJ : Trump acted against a terrorist who killed hundreds of Americans.//Qasem Soleimani bestrode the Middle East spreading terror & death. Trump’s decision to order the general’s death … is belated justice for the hundreds of Americans whom Soleimani had a hand in killing.

Kaepernick was last in the news in November when he ducked out of an NFL “private workout” just half an hour prior to it starting. Kaepernick allegedly moved the workout to a new location because the league informed him that he would not be allowed to bring in his own film crew.

Following the stunt, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith blasted Kaepernick, saying in part:

You see? You see? He don’t want to play; he wants to be a martyr. But guess what? It ain’t working this time.

Smith added: “He wanted to show up to a high school in Georgia, not an NFL facility, a high school, and then YouTube it live – like the average Joe out there gets to decide if he’s on an NFL roster. You don’t want to work; you just want to make noise, and you want to control the narrative. It’s over. Colin Kaepernick’s aspiration in the NFL for an NFL career, it’s over.”

Create a free account to join the conversation!

Already have an account?

Log in

Got a tip worth investigating?

Your information could be the missing piece to an important story. Submit your tip today and make a difference.

Submit Tip
Download Daily Wire Plus

Don't miss anything

Download our App

Stay up-to-date on the latest
news, podcasts, and more.

Download on the app storeGet it on Google Play
The Daily Wire   >  Read   >  Megyn Kelly Spikes Kaepernick Over ‘American Terrorist’ Tweet; Gets Into Twitter War With Director Ava DuVernay