The campaign arm for the House GOP caucus took aim at former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday while also expressing support for the U.S. Women’s National Team, who were facing England in the semifinal game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In what can only be described as an epic tweet, the National Republican Congressional Committee also managed to tie in the recent controversy over Kaepernick having reportedly influenced Nike’s decision to pull a sneaker adorned with the Betsy Ross flag from shelves.
Sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the Air Max 1 USA — which had the original version of the flag with 13 stars on the heel — was recalled by the company from retailers without an explanation.
“After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns,” The Journal reported.
That report sparked an outcry form many conservatives.
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Doucey, for instance, announced he was withdrawing financial incentives previously promised to the company by the state to aid in its opening of a plant in Arizona.
And a host of GOP senators ripped into Nike as well.
Which brings me back to the NRCC.
“Good luck to @USWNT!” they tweeted, as the U.S. women’s team was set to take on England.
Good luck to @USWNT! Win this one for one of America’s first strong, independent women, Betsy Ross. We have no doubt you’ll be more competitive on the field than @Kaepernick7. #USA #USAvENG pic.twitter.com/RjMuXsTboI
— NRCC (@NRCC) July 2, 2019
“Win this one for one of America’s first strong, independent women, Betsy Ross. We have no doubt you’ll be more competitive on the field than @Kaepernick7.”
But that wasn’t even the best part.
The best part was the video the NRCC attached to the tweet, which was a clip of Kaepernick throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
Kapernick, you see, never lived up to the potential he showed in the first few seasons of his career.
In fact, he has a career pass completion percentage of under 60 percent (which isn’t very good, in case you aren’t a football fan).
While he did throw 16 touchdowns to four interceptions in 2016-17, his most recent NFL season, he piled up lots of those statistics when the game was already out of grasp for the 49ers, who went a dreadful 2-14 that year.
All this to say that the NRCC was right on.
Go U.S. women’s team. Go Betsy Ross. There’s no doubt both have done more for this country than Kaepernick.
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