Laura Ingraham and the right boycott Nike after they withdraw 'Betsy Ross Flag' sneakers

Lowenna Waters
Thursday 04 July 2019 13:00
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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:

Pathetic!!!

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.

He added:

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.

HT Huffington Post

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