Donald Trump Jr. Slams Nike for Removing Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers

US businessman and son of the US president Donald Trump Jr attends a French-US ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo …

Donald Trump Jr. torched Nike over its decision to remove the Betsy Ross flag design from one of its sneaker brands after former NFL anthem protester and Nike spokesperson Colin Kaepernick called the labeling on the shoes “offensive.”

 Trump Jr. suggested that if the company is willing to forego patriotic logos on its sneakers because they are too offensive, it should adopt a communist-style logo next to its signature Swoosh logo.

Nike initially planned to roll out the “Betsy Ross Flag” shoe to celebrate America’s birthday in time for the Fourth of July holiday but ditched the America-themed shoe over Kaepernick’s concerns that the flag had a connection to slavery.

The flag featured stars from the original 13 colonies of the U.S. and was designed by Betsy Ross in the late 1770s as a request from then-general George Washington to create a flag that would represent the newly-formed nation.

Despite the backlash from Trump Jr. and others, the company said in a statement that it did not want to “unintentionally offend” those trying to celebrate the nation’s birthday.

“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products, and services. Nike made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday,” the statement read.


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