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Mitch McConnell Puts Nike on Blast After It Cancels American Flag Shoes

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Mitch McConnell is no stranger to controversy. And he isn’t afraid to step right into one.

Dressed in yellow, McConnell stood in the middle of a field and let loose on Nike’s decision pull the Air Max 1 USA.

Nike decided to pull the shoe after Colin Kaepernick complained that the American flag on the back was offensive.

The depiction on the heel of the shoe, often called the Betsy Ross flag, was one of many designed in the late 1700s to represent the 13 original colonies.

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Kaepernick found the image to be too oppressive, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

McConnell was not impressed. “If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we have a problem,” he said.

Nike’s announcement was met with an immediate firestorm. Ted Cruz tweeted that he will boycott the company until further notice.

Scott Baio tweeted at Nike a message full of American flags.

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And Doug Ducey, the governor of Arizona, rescinded millions of dollars’ worth of financial incentives promised to Nike for a new plant to open in his state.

But it may be McConnell’s closing comment that takes the red, white and blue cake.

“I hope Nike releases these shoes or some other shoe maker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it,” McConnell said. “I’ll make the first order.”

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Culture, Faith, Politics




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