Cranky Cruz demands protest of protesting NFL players' merch: 'Never buy another shoe!'
Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2014 Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on a new crusade and this time it's against something his home state loves: Football. Monday in a Trump-style Twitter rant, Cruz advocated that fans stop purchasing NFL merchandise from athletes who are protesting the national anthem at games.

Cruz's campaign news comes a week after it was announced Colin Kaepernick's jersey skyrocketed from 20th place to No. 1 in sales.

Cruz's tweet was a response to black ESPN reporter Jalen Rose, who tweeted a salute to NFL players who did peaceful protests during Sunday night's games.

Many players over the weekend joined in the protest Kaepernick began just weeks ago. Some took a knee during the singing and others stood but raised a fist reminiscent of the 1968 Olympic medalists. Most were professional athletes, but one high school football player kneeled and was suspended by his coaches and principal for one game. That suspension has now been lifted after publicity and backlash.