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.
To all the athletes who have made millions in America's freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes. https://t.co/GrGPYX8HCh— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1473692484.0
Here's a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag. https://t.co/GrGPYX8HCh— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1473692669.0
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.
Salute to all @Nfl players & teams that peacefully did protests for change. #standfornothingfallforanything— Jalen Rose (@Jalen Rose)1473639059.0
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.