Kanye West: rapper, record producer, fashion designer and now… political mediator?
West says he reached out to Colin Kaepernick in hopes of bringing the controversial athlete to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with President Trump, the artist revealed in a TMZ interview on Monday (Oct. 1).
Kaepernick has drawn criticism from Trump for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice in America back in 2016 as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL free agent’s new ad campaign with Nike for the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” slogan has ignited a firestorm of controversy, with Trump being one of Kaepernick’s most vocal opponents. In a reaction to the campaign, Trump tweeted, “What was Nike thinking?” and called for the NFL to “fire” any player who takes a knee during the national anthem, referring to the protesting players as “sons of bitches” during a rally in Alabama last year.
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a dedicated supporter of Donald Trump. On the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live over the weekend, West sported his Make America Great Again hat and posted this Instagram the next day that received a fiery response from Lana Del Rey.
“We never give up on anyone, West told TMZ’s Harvey Levin in the interview. “We keep having the conversation until the conversation turns to love.”
West did not mention if either Kaepernick or Trump is open to the idea of a meeting.
Watch Kanye’s interview below: