Kaepernick, 32, struck a nerve with conservatives when he criticized the airstrike assassination of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and blasted America’s growing imperialism across the globe.
“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black [and] Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” the professional football player turned activist tweeted Saturday. “America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad.”
Kaepernick further stated that U.S. “militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the nonwhite world.”
Spicer didn’t take too kindly to the criticism and hit back with a tweet of his own, accusing Kaepernick of “defending” the Iranian military leader while ignoring his violent history and the fact that he’s “responsible for deaths of hundreds of Americans.”
Spicer, who left the White House in July 2017, then turned his attention to Kaepernick’s sponsor Nike, writing “Any comment?”
Ryan soon tweeted as well, coming to the athlete’s defense.
“SHUT UP YOU LIAR!” she fired back. “You are still lying and lied on @Kaepernick7 from that White House Podium. He said black and brown people! Can you say distraction @seanspicer Wag the dog again!”
Ryan, a CNN analyst and American Urban Radio Networks journalist, and Spicer, a political aide, are no strangers when it comes to heated exchanges with each other. In March 2017, Spicer demanded that Ryan “Please, stop shaking your head again” after growing upset with her line of questioning regarding President Donald Trump‘s alleged collusion with Russia.
Ryan later reacted with a single word: “Lawd!!!!”