Graham applauds Kanye's idea for a Trump-Kaepernick summit

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus New polls show tight races for Graham, McConnell Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (R-S.C.) says he thinks Kanye West’s plan to bring Colin Kaepernick to the White House to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE would be a “great thing” amid the chasm between the president and the former NFL player on national anthem protests.

“Anything to bring the country together. I want to watch football without feeling guilty about it,” Graham told TMZ on Monday when asked about the pro-Trump rapper's suggestion.


“I believe in speaking your mind and having your say. Respect the flag,” he continued. "I want to work on sentencing reform, prison reform. A lot of people in jail for a long period of time. African-American males, Hispanic males, particularly. Three strikes and you're out has been pretty hard.”

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem before games. 

“So, might be something we can all work on that would bring us together,” Graham said.

His remarks come a day after West told “TMZ Live’s” Harvey Levin in an interview that he has “been calling Colin” to make a meeting happen with Trump.

The former San Francisco 49er and other football players who kneel in protest during "The Star-Spangled Banner" are a frequent subject of criticism for Trump and his supporters. Last year, Trump said team owners should "get that son of a bitch off the field" when they see kneeling players, calling for the protesters to be fired.

The NFL sought to end the controversy over national anthem protests by imposing a policy earlier this year that would prevent players from kneeling during it, but the policy was later placed on hold after drawing a wave of complaints from players and fans.