As Colin Kaepernick continues to take a knee as the National Anthem is sang around the country, he is facing backlash from one particular congressman in Iowa.
During an appearance on Newsmax TV, Republican Steve King, a Republican congressman representing Iowa, said the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is "undermining patriotism" by not standing and honoring the country with the majority of his peers.
Although King's initial statement wasn't outlandish, as many have felt Kaepernick is being disrespectful to the entire nation and those who have fought for our freedom, King went on to suggest that Kaepernick's "Islamic girlfriend," Hot 97 personality Nessa Diab, has shaped his views on our country. He even suggested that Kaepernick's form of protest was "sympathetic to ISIS."
"I understand that he has a Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him and he has taken on some different political views along the way," King said, according to a report by BET on Thursday. "This is activism that's sympathetic to ISIS."
After the congressman's views were shared, Kaepernick remained silent but on Twitter, Diab seemed to blast the statements with the re-tweet below.
That a man taking a quiet knee to protest police brutality is now being labeled as an ISIS sympathizer is not just gross, it's bigoted.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 15, 2016
Also on Twitter, one of Diab's co-workers shared the following response.
@SteveKingIA don't know if you realize how RACIST you sound or you're actually RACIST, but just because @nessnitty brown doesn't make Isis — Tat Wza (@TatWza) September 15, 2016
King's interview can be seen below.