News & Opinion | January 7, 2020 9:15 am

Megyn Kelly Rips Colin Kaepernick for Criticizing Iran Airstrike

Director Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick's mother Teresa both responded to Kelly

Megyn Kelly Rips Colin Kaepernick for Criticizing Iran Airstrike
Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018.
Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune

Former Fox News and NBC News host Megyn Kelly got into a war of words with a number of people after she ripped into Colin Kaepernick for his criticism of the Donald Trump-ordered airstrike that killed high-ranking Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

On Saturday night, Kaepernick tweeted to his followers about the killing of Soleimani.

Then it was Kelly’s turn to take to Twitter.

“Because everything is racist,” she responded to Kaepernick’s tweet. “Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?”

Kelly then followed that tweet with more support for the killing of Soleimani.

She also got into a war of words with Ava DuVernay, the director of films like Selma, When They See Us and A Wrinkle in Time.

“Shame on you, Megyn,” DuVernay wrote. “You should be ashamed. Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate. That will be all.”

Kelly fired back.

Kaepernick’s mother Teresa also had a response for Kelly.

“Try doing a little research on American Imperialism, I believe you’ll find he’s right,” she wrote to Kelly. “You should probably stay away from commenting on @Kaepernick7 tweets. I recommend someone more on your intellectual level such as @realDonaldTrump.”

Kelly’s NBC show Megyn Kelly Today was canceled in 2018 after she questioned criticism of white people wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume.

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