Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz ‘Hard and fake’ GOP appeal faces hurdles to block Biden Iran deal White House uses GOP’s own rhetoric to refute Supreme Court criticism MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday it would never buy Nike products again after the company scrapped plans to release a “Betsy Ross flag” sneaker following public pushback from those offended by the design.
“I have a lot of
@Nike I’ve been a customer forever, since I was a kid,” Cruz tweeted. “But they’ve now decided that their shoes represent a sardonic disregard for the American flag. Since they don’t want my business anymore, I won’t buy anymore. Can anyone recommend a good sneaker company that isn’t so woke?”
Yes, I have a lot @Nike I’ve been a customer forever, since I was a kid. But they’ve now decided that their shoes represent a sly disregard for the American flag. Since they don’t want my business anymore, I won’t buy anymore. Can anyone recommend a good co sneaker that is not so woke? https://t.co/XQfO9Dh737
—Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
A day earlier, Cruz and other Republicans railed against Nike’s decision to cancel the release of a shoe featuring a Revolutionary War-era flag motif.
The company had planned to release the Air Max 1 USA with the design this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
But Nike reportedly scrapped those plans after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed concerns about the design, according to the Kaepernick Journal, which is sponsored by Nike, said the first American flag was an offensive symbol linked to an era of slavery, the newspaper. reported.
Nike then asked retailers to return the product.
“We routinely make business decisions to retire initiatives, products and services. NIKE has made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July out of concern that it may unintentionally offend and harm the nation’s patriotic holiday,” Nike said in a statement to The Hill.
Nike also billed itself as “a company proud of its American heritage,” while highlighting its “ongoing commitment to supporting thousands of American athletes, including the U.S. Olympic team and U.S. soccer teams” and its employment. of 35,000 people in the United States.
The company did not say whether Kaepernick was a factor in its decision to remove the sneakers.
Cruz criticized Nike for its decision Monday night, saying it was a “good thing” that the company “only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag.”
Sen. Josh HaleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHawley is backing the candidate to succeed his fellow senator from Missouri. Blunt Stock ban faces significant hurdles despite growing support Senate confirmation scandal is a liability to US foreign relations MORE (R-Mo.) echoed Cruz’s sentiments, lambasting Nike as “un-American.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Arizona) said Nike’s decision was tantamount to bowing “to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.”
Ducey announced that he would ask the state Chamber of Commerce to withdraw financial incentives for Nike. He said the company is preparing to make a “major” investment in Goodyear, Arizona.
Kaepernick in 2016 became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Many NFL players have participated in the demonstration since then.
Although Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL for the past two seasons, he continues to have ties to Nike. He was the face of a Nike “Just Do It” ad campaign that was released in September.
— Updated at 4:29 p.m.