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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey: On second thought, we welcome Nike to our state despite them canceling the Betsy Ross sneakers

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Good lord. The second double flip-flop by a major politician in the span of two days. That’s like back-to-back no-hitters in baseball.

Last year Nike announced that it would build a new manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona, bringing more than 500 jobs with it. Score one for Gov. Doug Ducey. Then, last week, news broke that the company had withdrawn its new sneakers featuring the colonial-era Betsy Ross flag from stores after Nike spokesman and Woke Pope Colin Kaepernick objected that it was racist or whatever. Ducey wasn’t going to stand for that, even if it meant flushing hundreds of jobs down the crapper:

Arizona’s loss would be New Mexico’s (or some other state’s) gain, it seemed. But hold on. After Ducey posted his tweets, the mayor of Goodyear issued a statement of her own insisting that “We will honor the commitment we made in our agreement.” That was 10 days ago, with the deal momentarily in limbo.

Then, finally, came resolution early today. Nike would be coming to Goodyear after all, according to an excited … Doug Ducey?

He was against the plant coming to Arizona before he was in favor of it, but he was in favor of it before he was against it. Double flip-flop. Which means, I guess, that I need to issue a correction to this post: I thought Ducey’s Nike rant on Twitter was a sort of informal announcement that he planned to run for president in 2024, but that must have been incorrect. No pol who’s eager to pander to righty populists by waging culture war over sneakers would dare turn around and cave — especially not this quickly. He’d look like a total yutz.

In fairness, this isn’t so much a double flip-flop as it is a one-and-a-half flip-flop. Ducey never explicitly said in his Twitter rant on July 2 that he didn’t want Nike’s business in his state, although he certainly strongly implied it. What he said was that he didn’t want the company to receive the $1 million in state financial incentives that had been earmarked for its new plant. And according to the Arizona Republic, it’s still not going to receive those incentives. Ducey stuck to his guns on that and Nike decided to come to Goodyear anyway. The wrinkle is that the company *will* still receive the larger $2 million incentive package it was set to receive from the city of Goodyear itself. Essentially, Nike decided that it was willing to sacrifice $1 million in the name of staying on track with its new plant and watching the governor of Arizona have to swallow his supposed patriotic indignation over its sneaker decision. To Nike, watching Ducey cave might have been worth that much to them since it signaled in a newsy way that any halting efforts to boycott the company over the Betsy Ross thing have already fizzled.

I wonder what convinced Ducey to back the deal after he seemed to usher Nike towards the exit. Maybe he got an earful from pols and citizens in Goodyear that they’d make his life miserable if he cost them hundreds of jobs because of a dispute over whether a shoe design is or isn’t sufficiently patriotic. Possibly he was told by state lawyers that he’d have trouble in court if Nike challenged his decision to withdraw the state financial incentives, since governments aren’t supposed to discriminate on the basis of political viewpoint in making official decisions. Or maybe Ducey just misjudged how angry righties were at the time and were likely to remain about the Betsy Ross sneakers being flushed down the memory hole. He may have thought at the time that Trump was about to jump on the sneaker news and call for a boycott, igniting grassroots Republican opposition to Nike. If that had happened, Ducey would have been positioned at the front of the parade as someone who got to the issue before even Trump did. A populist leader! But Trump ignored the issue — surprisingly — and righties seemed to forget about it in short order, leaving Ducey in the unhappy position of leading a one-man parade that was going to cost his state major economic benefits. He did the right thing in the end, however grudgingly.

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YouGov: 67% of Republicans say people who burn the flag should be stripped of citizenship

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Thankfully no one in a position of authority has endorsed this highly illiberal idea.

Oh. Right.

There’s less to this poll than meets the eye, I think. I hope?

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I suspect most people who hear a question like that aren’t taking it at face value but are treating it as a proxy for whether flag-burning is broadly right or wrong. Would a good American burn the flag? Hell no, say Republicans! It’s our damned right to protest, counter Democrats! And that shakes out to the partisan mirror images we’re seeing here.

But it’s not that simple. A question that asked simply whether flag-burning is wrong would probably draw majorities of both parties. (Maybe?) A question that asked whether flag-burning should be punished with death wouldn’t approach majority levels on either side. (Again, I hope.) Tying it to citizenship is an in-between sanction that zeroes in on patriotism. How does a person who feels such contempt for America that he’d torch the flag rightly call himself an American? That’s what this question’s getting at. Few who answer are thinking through the implications of mainstreaming exile as a punishment for civic blasphemy. They’re treating it as a gut-check about whether someone who despises the country enough to burn Old Glory deserves the label of “American” as much as everyone else does.

Some righties who noticed the poll on Twitter this afternoon wondered how the results would have looked if YouGov had asked whether people who wave the Russian flag or celebrate Putin’s interference in the 2016 election should be deported. More Dems than Republicans would vote yes on that one, even though that result would also be obnoxious. Likewise, the idea of making “hate speech” a crime is perfectly mainstream in Europe and enjoys majority support among Democrats if you believe other YouGov polls. Asking about penalties for burning the American flag but not for desecrating other highly charged symbols more sacred to the left feels like YouGov’s way of gaming the poll to highlight illiberal tendencies on one side of the aisle only.

Exit question: Is it really that unlikely that a majority of Republicans would still support this idea after giving it some thought if Trump went all-in on championing it? Sixty-seven percent in favor seems unlikely, but what about 51 percent?

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LGBT Site “Queerty” Tries to Create False Narrative About Right-Wing Homophobia With Zero Proof, Internet Responds

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If you were watching the US women’s soccer team celebrate their victory over the Netherlands, then you likely watched as Megan Rapinoe tossed the flag to the ground in order to pose during her celebrations.

FIFA seems to be killing any video of it, but Caleb Hull managed to put it back up. Watch it now, because there’s no telling how long it’ll be allowed to stay up before Twitter takes it down again.

As that happened, however, fellow player Kelley O’Hara ran up and snatched the flag off the ground, earning her the respect of Americans who found Rapinoe’s carelessness with the flag insulting and offensive.

At some point in the celebration, O’Hara, a lesbian, went up to her girlfriend and kissed her. The moment was captured on camera and displayed to the world. According to Queerty, an LGBT site apparently dedicated to being the victim of outrage whether it’s real or not, celebrated this moment by proclaiming that Republicans and Trump fans were all about O’Hara until that moment in an article titled “Trump fans adopted soccer star Kelley O’Hara as their hero. Then they watched this kiss”:

As the far right singled out O’Hara for praise, few pundits noticed that after picking up the flag, she rushed across the field to her girlfriend and locked lips. That makes her the 42nd identifiable LGBTQ player in the Women’s World Cup.

Who the “far right” is or which “pundits” noticed her kiss after rescuing the flag, Queerty author David Reddish doesn’t say. We’re just supposed to believe that they “watched the kiss” and infer that “far right” figures were outraged and now hate her.

Queerty tweeted the article out to Twitter in order to garner the outrage of its readers, but instead got slapped down by more or less everyone for its blatant attempt to create a narrative through dishonest and half-baked commentary.

At the time of this writing, Queerty is being ratio’d heartily with 4.5k in responses compared to its likes which currently sit at over 750.

And it’s right for this to happen. Narratives that say the right hates the LGBT community get created from little to nothing and are spread to the populace who, if they aren’t politically aware, tend to absorb the message and believe that the right truly has it out for gays and lesbians. While it’s impossible to deny that there are people out there who hate gays and lesbians, they make up a minuscule part of the population, and what’s more, they aren’t all on the right.

The problem doubles when they say it’s primarily trump who hates gays and lesbians. As Trump is the President, they believe that the United States in general is hostile to the LGBT community. The problem here is that Trump doesn’t hate the LGBT community. In fact, he’s technically the first President to embrace them from the get-go, and never had to “evolve” about it as Obama did.

The truth is that the vast majority of the right doesn’t care about O’Hara kissing her girlfriend. It’s not an issue. Whatever information the left is working off of to be able to claim the right is homophobic is outdated by years, and may have been overblown in the first place judging by how quickly left-leaning activists make every minor incident a moment of pure hatred and bigotry. You can ask Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado about that.

But why use reasoning when you could easily create a boogie man out of the “far right” and get people to take sides out of outrage and get them to vote for your party?

 

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Video: Marine Veteran Launches Into a Group of Leftist Protesters In Order to Rescue a Burning Flag

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that leftists decided to show up at the Independence Day parade in order to vocally denounce the greatness of the greatest nation in the world. It also shouldn’t surprise anyone that they were vastly outnumbered by the people there to celebrate the fact that they live in a nation where you can have stupid ideas like that without being put in jail.

Regardless, a few of the protesters decided to get together and chant about how America was never great, and do a little flag burning while they were at it. They were riding high on the smell of their own gas until a veteran showed up and rescued the flag.

According to the Washington Examiner’s Steven Nelson, who captured the event on video, a man wearing a red “MAGA” shirt plowed into the midst of some of the protesters and proceeded to make off with it. He quickly put the flag out and made his way back to the protesters and physically pushed them. The protesters quickly closed ranks with their backs to one another and began chanting.

“My flag mother f**kers!” said the man.

Nelson asked if the man was a veteran, and got an answer in the affirmative.

Some of the protesters were arrested shortly after the flag burning.

While it is legal to burn the flag, Nelson reported that a Secret Service statement said the protesters were arrested on different charges:

In a statement, the Secret Service said two officers “received minor injuries while attempting to make arrests” and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Supreme Court has found flag-burning protected by the First Amendment, but the Secret Service said Johnson and the other man were arrested on different charges. One faces a charge for “felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning” and the other “for obstructing a police investigation and resisting arrest.” The agency did not identify either man by name.

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Clothing Company Shows Up Nike’s Cowardice and Creates Betsy Ross Flag Themed Kicks

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A great business model is to watch as a company submits to the will of SJWs over something ridiculous, then craft the very product said SJWs were getting angry over.

After Nike dropped a Betsy Ross flag themed shoe due to kneeler in chief Colin Kaepernick calling it racist, another company stepped up to gladly offer the public their own Betsy Ross flag adorned kicks.

As the Daily Caller reported, a clothing company called “Out of Line” has released its own shoe that proudly displays the Betsy Ross flag across the entirety of the shoe, not just a small space on the back. The shoe is called “Boss Like Ross,” I have to say, they look pretty awesome.

According to the Daily Caller, the company’s founder, Carla Reed, the idea is to promote looking at things in a more positive light, and not erasing an accomplishment by a woman in a time where it was difficult for women to accomplish things:

“She [Betsy] did it and thats my point to Nike,” Out of Line founder Carly Reed told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Their [motto] is just do it, but Betsy did it. She did it all on her own. In a time where it wasn’t easy, as well.”

The “Boss Like Ross” shoes aren’t “intended to be a political statement,” according to Reed. Rather, she wants the sneakers to help change people’s perspective and see things in a more positive light.

“These shoes aren’t about knocking Nike or Kaepernick,” Reed told the DCNF. “It was a great idea by Nike, and I respect anyone who stands up for what they believe in. I believe in women. Women that are getting ‘Out of Line’ and paving their own path, just like Betsy Ross.”

“…They were made to change people’s perspective,” Reed continued. “A perspective that is built around hate and is now erasing a key figure in American history. You can be patriotic and support equality. That is the foundation of America.”

Reed believes that Kaepernick has the wrong idea about the flag.

“Colin Kapernick’s name is everywhere,” Reed told the DCNF. “As much as I respect him and everything, this isn’t really about him. You can take something and see it however you want, and I’m choosing to see this flag in a positive way.”

She’s absolutely correct. The flag does not denote racism, and getting rid of something just because it existed at the same time racism did does not make it evil. Convincing the outrage mob that they should probably find a better way to expend energy is useless, but as Reed shows us, whenever they leave it someone else can pull up quick to retrieve it.

 

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Of course: Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke back Nike in decision to cancel its colonial flag sneakers

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Just reminding you again in case you missed it in this morning’s post about Charlottesville that the colonial flag was given pride of place at the inauguration of America’s first black president with no objection.

Why would anyone have objected? Just as no one admires a statute of Thomas Jefferson because he was a slaveholder, no one flies the colonial flag because America condoned slavery at its founding. You honor both despite their betrayal of their own ideals because you celebrate the Founding and you’re glad to be an American.

“Glad to be an American” is a dicey proposition among Democrats, though. If you’re competing for votes in an election comprised entirely of Dems, you tailor your opinions of America accordingly. And so it came to be that the Democratic primary field pivoted from the extremely popular issue of busing to the extremely popular issue of copping a squat on the colonial flag. Here’s Beto, who claims to be a Texan:

And here’s Julian Castro going a bit further and and declaring that Nike’s embarrassing decision to yank its sneakers off store shelves under pressure from fringe-woke dipsh*ts like Colin Kaepernick was Actually Good:

“The American flag is racist” sounds like a winning July 4th message to me. Coincidentally, liberal (but not leftist) Jonathan Chait has a new piece at New York magazine titled, “Democratic Presidential Candidates Need to Stop Taking Unpopular Stances.” One would think, and yet:

Democrats have lots of room to run to attack President Trump from the left on economic and social policy while placing themselves on the right side of public opinion. And while the party as a whole has done so, the presidential contenders have been jostling to stand out by adopting a series of highly unpopular stances. To date, the following positions have been taken by some or all the candidates: replace all employer-provided private insurance with a government plan; decriminalize the border while also providing subsidized health insurance to undocumented immigrants; and provide reparations for the descendants of American slaves…

What’s concerning here is not so much the concrete position as the process by which it has been arrived at. The Democratic nominee can try to back away later from some of the positions she endorsed in the primary. (Though the more radical the positions, and the more unambiguous the endorsement, the harder it will be to back away.) But Democrats seem to have actually drunk the Twitter Kool-Aid and convinced themselves taking unpopular progressive positions can’t hurt them. They are not merely arguing against the avoidance of unpopular positions on specific issues, but dismissing it as a consideration altogether.

One could defend embracing an unpopular but meaty policy proposal like Medicare for All by noting that the left truly does believe it would improve many Americans’ lives, even if it’s destined to meet public resistance initially. It’s highly relevant too: The debate that ObamaCare jumpstarted 10 years ago has never really ended, with health care a high enough priority for voters last fall to drive a Democratic takeover of the House. Endorsing an end to private insurance is hugely risky but maybe worth doing for the sake of getting voters to start thinking about it, gradually moving the Overton window towards the progressive position. What’s baffling to me is Dems going all-in on unpopular proposals that are far more marginal. One might defend Kamala Harris’s revival of busing as foolish long-term but crucial to her short-term primary strategy, since it might drive a wedge between Biden and the black voters that Harris covets, but what the hell are Beto and Castro doing ingesting empty calories by objecting to the colonial flag being stitched on sneakers? It’s precisely the sort of small-ball, divisive, yet potent culture-war base pander that lefties are forever knocking Trump for.

I guess we’re all Trumpists now:

Two clips for you here, one of Mitch McConnell doing his culture-war duty, the other via the Free Beacon of Kaepernickian pundit Michael Eric Dyson doing his own. Speaking of which, I’m convinced there’s some serious natsec business going down behind the scenes because there have been like eight tweetworthy culture-war controversies in the last 48 hours and the culture-warrior-in-chief has missed all of them. As I write this at 2 p.m. ET, Trump still hasn’t commented about the Nike fracas or the Charlottesville City Council canceling Jefferson’s birthday as a holiday. Is he busy with something important? Or is has he simply immersed himself in the details of tomorrow’s tank pageant, like a kid playing with a new train set?

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New Mexico gov to Nike: If Arizona doesn’t want your business because you canceled the American flag sneakers, we’ll take it

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Isn’t there some compromise that can be reached here in lieu of Nike canceling the sneakers?

What if they go ahead and manufacture the Betsy Ross edition for righties but also make a woke version for liberals with the 13 stars replaced by a swastika or whatever?

Eh, that’s too obvious. I’m sure Nike’s creative team can come up with a more inventive way to signal contempt for the country. They’re being advised by Colin Kaepernick, after all.

Not a big fan of this move by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, I have to say:

I don’t like government holding a business’s politics against it, I’m not thrilled with a Republican governor dangling subsidies for any reason, and I can only sympathize with the Arizonans who are going to lose out on jobs because Ducey decided to get a jump on the 2024 Republican primary. People can and should boycott Nike to punish them for caving to Kaepernick’s moronic grievance about the colonial flag but there’s no need for governors to get involved. I’ll say this for him, though: Like Josh Hawley with his bad Big Tech regulation bill, Ducey understands that lib-punching is waaaaaay more important to righties in the Trump era than government restraint. If you’re not fighting the culture war with every weapon to hand, even when the flashpoint of the moment involves … sneakers (ugly sneakers, too), you’re just getting in the way.

Hawley, whose 2024 campaign is already in full swing, won’t be outdone on this by Ducey or anyone else:

That’s a fine nationalist take — but note that not even Hawley’s willing to go as far as Ducey in encouraging Nike to take its business out of his state.

Now then. Is Arizona’s loss New Mexico’s gain? New Mexico pols are hoping:

Grisham’s serious about it, her spokesman emphasized. If you wipe your ass with the American flag, of course this very blue state will be happy to do business with you:

Tripp Stelnicki, director of communications for the governor, confirms that the administration has reached out to explore a potential fit.

“We want those jobs,” said Stelnicki. “It’s wild that anyone would jeopardize viable employment for potentially hundreds of state residents because of some political virtue-signaling.”

It is kind of wild, to be honest. It’s what AOC did by chasing Amazon out of NYC, no? Local officials in Goodyear, where Nike’s Arizona facilities were to be built, have been “hunkered down” all day trying to figure out a way forward here. Imagine preparing for hundreds of new jobs to come to your community, with all the economic benefits that would entail, and waking up to find the governor on a Twitter tear before dawn telling Nike to kiss his ass because he’s trying to build a national brand with Republican voters.

Eh, Arizona should have expected this from Nike. Seems like all leftists from Portland are trash. Here’s your exit quotation from yet another guy who’s thinking ahead to 2024:

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Nike Dropped Plans for Betsy Ross-Themed Sneaker Because Kaepernick Complained It Was Offensive

Sneaker giant Nike is apparently willing to flush a significant amount of money down the drain, pulling back already manufactured shoes from retailers, all because Colin Kaepernick, the professional football player turned activist and Nike spokesman, complained the design was offensive.

Nike had designed a special patriotic version of their Air Max sneaker, the Air Max 1 USA, to go on sale this week for the Fourth of July. The shoe featured a bright red, white, and blue color scheme, and the original design of the American flag, as first designed during the Revolutionary War, on the heels.

That original flag design, with thirteen white stars in a circle representing the thirteen original colonies, is often referred to as the “Betsy Ross” flag, after the Pennsylvania woman who has been credited with sewing the very first one (the historical accuracy of this claim is in doubt, but that’s a separate issue — the flag design was indeed the first one America used).

Sounds good, right? A sneaker to celebrate America’s Independence, decorated with the flag that American troops carried into battle and which flew over our government buildings during the first years of our existence as our own country.

Not according to Kaepernick, who reportedly saw a photo of the shoe design and then complained to Nike.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story last night:

After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.

“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,” a Nike spokeswoman said.

After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.

This WSJ tweet shows the shoes:

Complaints about displays of the Confederate flag make sense — that banner was the symbol of the states that seceded from the United States because they wanted to continue allowing slavery.

But the Betsy Ross flag deserves no such smear. The American Revolution was not fought to preserve slavery, but to achieve independence from Britain. The flag itself has well-known symbolism, adapted from the Grand Union Flag (which itself was adapted and borrowed its color scheme from Britain’s Union Jack) with the thirteen red-and-white stripes and thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies. None of that has anything to do with glorifying or supporting the cause of slavery.

Accepting Kaepernick’s view of history would mean the entire first century of America’s existence is off limits. Discussing the challenges, mistakes, and human flaws of our Founding Fathers is a fair debate. No decent or sane person would defend slavery, and many of these men did own slaves, but these retroactive demands that we censor our own history out of existence are getting out of control.

It is not yet known how many of the Air Max 1 USA shoes Nike manufactured, but they had already been shipped to retailers when this controversy occurred, and Nike had to contact their retailers, to instruct them not to sell the shoes and ship them back.

Nike is apparently willing to throw away a substantial investment in the design and marketing plans for the shoes, cost of labor and materials to manufacture them, the shipping costs to the retailers and back, and all anticipated profit — all to keep Kaepernick happy and make sure their “woke” reputation remains all shiny.

Some of the Betsy Ross flag shoes managed to escape Nike’s efforts to claw them back, and several have popped up on shoe resale sites, currently selling for about $2,000 to $3,000 (well about the original sale price of $140) on one popular site.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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