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:
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.