Wearing a Make America Great Again hat and a self-designed Kaepernick sweatshirt at a meeting at The Fader, the controversial rapper Kanye West managed to bring Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick together on his body.
But what he is trying to do now is to bring them together in real life.
Kanye West reported TMZ that he was trying to get in touch with Kaepernick about meeting with POTUS at the White House.
“I’ve been calling Colin this morning, reaching him, so I can bring Colin to the White House and we can remove that ‘sons of bitches’ statement and we can be on the same page,” West said.
It’s still not clear whether either side would accept to come to a meeting.
Trump has been outspoken in his criticism against Kaepernick since Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest systemic racial injustice. Trump has requested from NFL to suspend or fire players who kneel during the anthem on multiple occasions and at one point referred to players as “sons of bitches.”
The president’s public comments, as well as the criticizing the league several times for its dealing with controversy, contributed to a widespread protest by NFL players last September.
Kaepernick is very likely to “kiss his NFL career goodbye“ largely due to the protests. He went unsigned in 2017 and is still a free agent four weeks into the 2018 campaign. In his last NFL season, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns against four interceptions—numbers that make him more than worthy of merit-based employment.
Kaepernick has been the most prominent Trump critic and is suing the NFL for collusion.
Kanye has been the most famous celebrity endorser of Trump, and his connection with the president has stirred controversy.