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McConnell: If the American Flag Is Now Controversial to Americans, We Have a Problem

The Senate Majority Leader blasted Nike for its decision to cave to Colin Kaepernick and pull shoes it designed with the original Betsy Ross American flag.

By NTK Staff | 07.03.2019 @10:15am
McConnell: If the American Flag Is Now Controversial to Americans, We Have a Problem

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) harshly criticized shoemaker Nike for its decision to capitulate to former professional athlete Colin Kaepernick and halt distribution of a new shoe that featured the original American flag designed by Betsy Ross.

Nike pulled the shoe from its website, app, and stores after Kaepernick expressed unease about the design.

Kaepernick, who is still sponsored by Nike despite not playing in the NFL since 2016, said he considered the colonial American flag to be “a symbol that he and others consider offensive.” Rather than viewing the flag as a symbol of founding of the country, Kaepernick says he views the flag as a reminder of slavery.

McConnell is having none of it.

“I read today that instead of celebrating the birth of our nation, a shoe company has deemed the flag, which flew during our Independence, too offensive … too offensive to put on a pair of shoes,” McConnell said at an event in Kentucky.

McConnell said Tuesday that “If we’re in a political environment where the American Flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we’ve got a problem.”

And McConnell isn’t the only one speaking out. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey withdrew an incentive package offered to Nike to entice the company to expand its operation in the state.

Despite causing this firestorm, Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about the controversy this week.

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