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THE NEW DEMOCRATS: 2020 Candidate Julian Castro Backs Nike, Says US Has ‘Painful History’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.03.19

Potential 2020 Democratic candidate Julian Castro defended the Nike shoe corporation Wednesday; saying the company was right to remove the US flag due to America’s “painful history.”

“I was glad to see that. My hope is that they didn’t just do it to do it, that they understand the significance there. There are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful… I believe that we need to move towards an inclusive America that understands that pain,” said Castro.

“More than that, whether it’s Nike or other commercial outfits or what we teach in schools, that we lift up the voices of communities of color that have been ignored for a long time,” he added.

Far-left Governor Gavin Newsom thanked Nike for canceling their planned America-themed sneaker this week; urging the shoe company to relocate to California and praising the retailer for “doing the right thing.”

“Hey, @Nike — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border… Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values,” posted Newsom on social media.

Newsom’s comments come just one day after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey slammed the global clothing company; instructing his administration to remove all financial incentives to Nike’s western offices located throughout his state.

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday in a tweet that he will order the state’s commerce authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars for Nike to locate in the state after the shoe company said it’s dropping its Betsy Ross American flag sneakers,” reports CNBC.

“Nike has been planning to build a manufacturing plant on metro Phoenix’s west side, which is expected to bring 500 jobs to the area, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. The Goodyear City Council on Monday had agreed to waive up to nearly $1 million in review and permit fees and reimburse up to $1 million for the jobs it will create, the paper reported,” adds the website.

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

NIKE NIXES FLAG: Nike Ditches ‘America’ Themed Sneaker After Kaepernick Complaint, Claims ‘Racist’ Symbolism

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.02.19

Shoe manufacturing giant Nike ditched a 4th of July themed sneaker Tuesday after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick claimed the American Flag used on the footwear was -in fact- a racist symbol.

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state,” reports Fox News. “Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.”


“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve 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.

“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

NIKE’S NIGHTMARE: Ted Cruz Says Nike ‘Only Wants to Sell’ to People Who ‘Hate the American Flag’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.02.19

Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed-in Tuesday on Nike’s decision to abandon an American-themed sneaker; saying the company only wants to sell products to those who openly “hate” the US flag.

“It’s a good thing @Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag,” posted Cruz on social media.

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state,” reports Fox News. “Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.”


“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve 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.

“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

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