In response to activist Colin Kaepernick describing the elimination of terrorist Qassim Suleimani as a racist attack for "American imperialism," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the former 49ers quarterback is "a loser on and off the field" who knows nothing about the Iranian regime's terrorism.
Graham added that Kaepernick, a radical leftist, is "un-American" and a "racist." "If you're looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror," said the senator.
Senator Graham made his remarks on the Jan. 5 edition of Sunday Morning Futures, hosted by Maria Bartiromo.
After discussing the circumstances of Suleimani's death, Bartiromo noted that there has been "a lot of pushback this morning against the administration for this move coming from critics. You have got everybody from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... to Colin Kaepernick."
Bartiromo then read Kaepernick's Jan. 4 tweet, "There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against black and brown people for the expansion of American imperialism," and asked Graham to respond.
"Yes, he's a loser on and off the field," Graham said of Kaepernick. "He has no idea what the Iranian regime has done to the region. He has no idea that they have 600 American deaths [on their hands] as a result of IEDs made in Iran, used in Iraq."
"It's un-American," said the senator. "He's a racist. If you're looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror."
The senator added, "Your country is not the problem. It's the Iranians. And you're so blinded by your hatred of Trump, that you can't see the difference between who we are and who the ayatollah is. Pretty sad."
When asked whether Congress should have been consulted before the Jan. 3 attack on Suleimani, Senator Graham said, "
"Well, I have been a military lawyer for 33 years," said Graham. "These troops are in the field at the direction of the commander-in-chief with the support of the Congress. You do not need congressional authorization to defend troops in the field in harm's way."
"AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.] doesn't know anything about the law of armed conflict, obviously," said the senator. "Every commander-in-chief has the right to defend our people on the battlefield. It was clear to me that this was a defensive strike, that Mr. Suleimani was planning additional attacks against American interests."
"In AOC's world, I guess we're supposed to sit back and watch a bunch of Americans get killed," he said. "We're not the bad guys. The Iranians are the bad guys. And if you don't see that, you missed a lot in the last 40 years."
In a Jan. 4 tweet, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) described President Trump's threats towards Iran as "a war crime," and that it makes him "a monster."