President Trump is planning to host a race summit at the White House and has reportedly invited former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and rapper Kanye West.
Both of the invitees have been outspoken about Trump in the past with Kaepernick insulting the president and West recently expressing support for Trump.
The two men will be joined by other Black American athletes and musicians, according to a report from the Daily Caller. “I do not see how this goes well for Trump at all,” writes the Daily Caller. “Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem, NFL fans despise him and he’s radioactive to NFL teams. This is a bad idea. Trump literally has nothing to gain.”
Here’s why Trump has nothing to gain. History tells us that Kaepernick has no real idea what he’s talking about, but people in his corner still support him. For example, he wore socks depicting cops as pigs and praised Fidel Castro. Either one of those incidents should be enough to end a career.
When pressed on Castro, the former 49ers quarterback went on some weird rant about prison, literacy rates and education. It made no sense. So, do we really expect him to sit down to have a great chat rooted in facts? I don’t think so.
Plus, Trump voters hate Kaepernick! Look at the electoral map and the parts that voted for Trump. The South and the Midwest aren’t friendly to people who disrespect America.
Perhaps Trump is taking a more calculated move than it first appears and is looking to shatter the Left’s narrative. Here’s more on the meeting, from Yahoo News:
Football great Jim Brown and legendary boxer Mike Tyson also will be on the guest list, according to the Rev. Darrell Scott, a White House outside adviser who said he spoke to Trump in the Oval Office Thursday during an event for the National Day of Prayer.
Scott said the president was committed to the multiracial gathering, which will include musicians and athletes in perhaps early summer.
“He is 100 percent for it,” Scott said. “He’s very enthusiastic about it.”
Kaepernick may be the most surprising invitee, given Trump’s criticism of the NFL quarterback and the league after he started a widespread movement of athletes kneeling for the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. He did not play in the league last season and has filed a grievance alleging the NFL has conspired to keep him out of a job because of his activism.
And, via People:
“It’s not going to be a black-only event,” says Scott. “It will be a melting pot.”
Kaepernick, of course, is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who famously initiated a wave of protests by professional athletes in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem before NFL games as a protest against injustice against African-Americans, especially police shootings of unarmed black men and teens. Trump, as a presidential candidate, vilified Kaepernick, saying, “Maybe he should find a country that works better for him.” And later, as president, Trump said players who kneel for the anthem should be fired.
While details of the meetings will be ironed out next week, it’s expected that there be a musicians’ summit followed by a gathering of athletes in the early summer—with both held at the White House, says Scott. The idea had been on the drawing board “for quite some time now” and got a boost following last week’s Trump-West Twitter exchange, the pastor adds.
Scott expects Trump will be in attendance. “We don’t want to sanitize it. I want people from the left to attend. I want it to get heated but I want it to be respectful,” says Scott.
“I want them to see and know the Donald Trump I know and they will say, ‘This guy isn’t who I’ve been lead to believe he is.’”