Right-wing pundits and politicians have decided to boycott Nike after the company withdrew a series of sneakers that feature a Betsy Ross flag.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Nike decided to pull the range of Air Max 1 shoes after NFL player Colin Kaepernick advised them not to sell them, reports Right Wing Watch.
The shoes had featured a 13-star American flag, referred to as the Betsy Ross flag, which has been used for many years in white nationalist and white supremacist propaganda, and whose proponents idolise a time in America where slavery was legal.
Taking to Twitter, right-wing pundit and Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted:
She then added:
No more @nike sneakers for our family. “Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes”
Ingraham isn't the only member of the right-wing who disagreed with Nike's decision to withdraw the shoes.
Arizona governor Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that he ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to:
...withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.
Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.
Taking to Twitter, right-wing pundit Tommy Lahren said:
The whiny @nike spokes-baby is offended and oppressed by a freakin’ shoe. Let that sink in.
Matt Walsh also chipped in, saying:
We were always told that Kaepernick wasn't protesting the flag. He was protesting police brutality, allegedly. But apparently it was about the flag all along. What a shocking twist.
This isn't the first time that Ingraham and the right have expressed ire towards Nike and Kaepernick. In 2017, when NFL players refused to take a knee during the national anthem, a trend which had been started by Kaepernick in order to highlight racial injustice, Ingraham wrote in LifeZette that athletes who don't stand in the song:
are telling the rest of us that they don’t like this country, and they wish it ill.