There are few companies that have bothered conservatives more over the past year than Nike. Most of the issue has to do with Nike’s relationship with Quarterback turned activist, Colin Kaepernick. After Nike launched an ad featuring the former athlete in September, numerous Republicans said they would be boycotting the company.
This week Nike announced that they will not make the shoe featuring the 13 Star, Betsy Ross flag. Kaepernick alerted the shoemaker that many find the flag racist for its connection to slavery and that the flag is sometimes used by White Nationalists. This decision did not sit well with Conservatives, specifically Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham was the first to respond to the news. She called the decision, “pathetic” and tweeted, “No more Nike sneakers for our family.”
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 2, 2019
The Texas Senator then weighed in, writing, “Yep, I own lots of Nike I’ve been a life-long customer, since I was kid. But they’ve now decided their shoes represent snide disdain for the American flag. Since they don’t want my business anymore, I won’t buy any more. Can anyone recommend a good sneaker co that’s not so woke?”
Cruz followed by tweeting, ” love America. I stand for the anthem, respect the flag & honor the men & women who fought to defend our Nation. I respect Free Speech & I’m exerting mine: until Nike ends its contempt for those values, I WILL NO LONGER PURCHASE NIKE PRODUCTS.”
I love America. I stand for the anthem, respect the flag & honor the men & women who fought to defend our Nation. I respect Free Speech & I’m exerting mine: until @Nike ends its contempt for those values, I WILL NO LONGER PURCHASE NIKE PRODUCTS. #WalkAwayFromNike RT if you agree. https://t.co/IvXNTgvlHq
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
A boycott might not be the best way for Conservatives to protest Nike’s decision. After the last purported boycott after the Kaepernick ad, Nike saw a significant increase in sales.