Donald Trump Wants Colin Kaepernick, Kanye West to Participate in Race Summit

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

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Darrell Scott, a Cleveland-based pastor and White House adviser, told People's Diane Herbst on Thursday that President Donald Trump wants to host summits on race that will include Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West on the guest lists. 

"He is 100 percent for it," Scott said. "He was very enthusiastic about it." 

Scott added that Trump will likely be in attendance if the event is ultimately held. 

"We don’t want to sanitize it," he said. "I want people from the left to attend. I want it to get heated but I want it to be respectful."

The plan, according to Scott, is to hold one summit for athletes and another for musicians. 

The White House has not formally commented on the plans for this summer. 

Trump and West recently engaged in a back-and-forth on Twitter, with the 21-time Grammy Award winner calling him his "brother" in a post on Twitter. 

"You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him," West wrote. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought."

West also tweeted a photo of his "Make America Great Again" hat, which is signed by the president:  

KANYE WEST @kanyewest

my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/DrDHJybS8V

"I have known Kanye for a little bit, I get along with Kanye," Trump said on Fox & Friends last month, per People's Stephanie Petit. "I get along with a lot of people, frankly."

As for the athletes' summit, Kaepernick has drawn Trump's ire on several occasions since he started to protest social injustice and racial inequality during the national anthem. 

Last September, Trump advocated for players who kneeled during the anthem to lose their jobs. 

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired,'" Trump said, according to CNN's Brian Stelter. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country."

Kaepernick, who sat out the 2017 season unsigned, filed a collusion grievance against the NFL and all 32 teams last October alleging the league and its owners "colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States," per ESPN.com news services


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