Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was drowned in ridicule after promising he would quit wearing Nike shoes and apparel over the recall of a USA-themed sneaker.
The sneaker giant yanked the Air Max 1 USA created to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, but NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick pointed out the shoe's Betsy Ross design -- which featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars -- had been appropriated by white nationalists.
Nike pulled the shoes before they could go on sale this week, outraging conservatives who already loathe Kaepernick for protesting racism and police violence by kneeling during on-field performances of the National Anthem.
"Yep, I own lots of @Nike I’ve been a life-long customer, since I was kid," Cruz complained. "But they’ve now decided their shoes represent snide disdain for the American flag. Since they don’t want my business anymore, I won’t buy any more. Can anyone recommend a good sneaker co that’s not so woke?"
Yep, I own lots of @Nike I’ve been a life-long customer, since I was kid. But they’ve now decided their shoes repre… https://t.co/K0Z4og1eJc— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1562083286.0
Other Twitter users mocked the Texas Republican.
@tedcruz @Nike Whatever you choose make sure they are comfortable for when you are on your knees in front of this president.— Derek (@Derek)1562083889.0
@tedcruz @Nike Why don’t you put two Chick Fil-A bags on your feet and then go fuck yourself.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1562084389.0
@tedcruz @Nike Ted's holding out for Confederate Flag crocs...— Right-Wing Jesus (@Right-Wing Jesus)1562084138.0
@tedcruz @Nike I don’t know how many times I have to say this but it’s not the Current flag. It was the 13 colonies… https://t.co/Vmc1xhNpTl— Brittany 😷 (@Brittany 😷)1562085212.0
@tedcruz @Nike Nike is the Greek goddess of victory. So yes I can see why they might not be the right fit for you.— Allison Floyd (@Allison Floyd)1562084671.0
@tedcruz @Nike No👏one👏wants👏your👏business 👏— Րυɱ૦Ր Һคς ɿ੮ 🏴🇺🇲 (@Րυɱ૦Ր Һคς ɿ੮ 🏴🇺🇲)1562085176.0
@tedcruz @Nike Wrap some aluminum blankets on your feet. I hear our government finds that acceptable footwear.— jodyboo (@jodyboo)1562084920.0
@tedcruz @Nike I think knowing Ted Cruz for sure doesn’t wear Nike, definitely helps the brand. Men who kiss up to… https://t.co/EOUfO6iynS— Gailen David (@Gailen David)1562084807.0
@tedcruz @Nike I put my flag on a pole so it can be seen and respected, not on my feet. But you do you.— Rapunsal Grant 😷🇺🇲 (@Rapunsal Grant 😷🇺🇲)1562084124.0