Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) agrees with other lawmakers — including Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) — that Nike's decision to pull an allegedly offensive sneaker from its Fourth of July lineup is absurd.
Nike yanked their Air Max 1 USA sneakers from distribution after activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained that the shoes — which featured a Betsy Ross flag — were a throwback to a time when slavery was prevalent.
What did Lipinski say?
Lipinski on Tuesday tweeted a photo of himself wearing New Balance sneakers, giving a nod to the ongoing controversy with Nike and the patriotic shoes.
"I'm sitting here working," he wrote. "Notice I'm not wearing Nikes, nor will I anytime soon."
I'm sitting here working. Notice I'm not wearing Nikes, nor will I anytime soon. https://t.co/MFZBau1DQV— Dan Lipinski (@Dan Lipinski)1562109114.0
A spokesperson for Nike told the Wall Street Journal that the sneakers had been recalled over the flag.
“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag," the spokesperson told the outlet.
Cruz and Hawley also shared their grievances about the company on Twitter.
On Monday, Cruz tweeted, "It's a good thing @Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag."
Hawley chimed in, "Nike thinks American flag is symbol of oppression? What planet are you on? Nike gladly allows Chinese Communist Party to tell it what products to sell while building its business around sweatshop labor. Nike is anti-American, pure & simple."
He added, "Nike is a symbol of everything wrong with the corporate economy. They take advantage of our laws but send jobs overseas for sweatshop wages, partner w repressive regimes, aggressively avoid paying any US taxes, and then tell Americans to shut up and buy their stuff."
Nike is a symbol of everything wrong with the corporate economy. They take advantage of our laws but send jobs over… https://t.co/cDdrC1dMoq— Josh Hawley (@Josh Hawley)1562076288.0
Additionally, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) blasted the company's move and insisted he was going to try to pull financial incentives in-state for the company that has plans to open a manufacturing plant in the state.
"Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision," he said. "I am embarrassed for Nike."