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Democratic Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski expressed his opposition to Nike’s decision to recall an American flag-themed sneaker by wearing one of the shoemaker’s largest competitors.
“I’m sitting here working. Notice I’m not wearing Nikes, nor will I anytime soon,” Lipinski tweeted Tuesday along with a picture of the New Balance sneakers he was wearing.
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Nike revealed a day prior that the company was recalling Air Max 1 USA sneakers because a Revolutionary War-era version of the flag was stitched on the heel.
The already-produced shoe line was pulled after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained that the Betsy Ross flag was a symbol of the slave era and considered offensive, reported The Wall Street Journal. Kaepernick, who is endorsed by Nike, gained notoriety by kneeling during the national anthem to protest systematic racism in America.
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A spokeswoman for Nike confirmed the sneakers were recalled due to the American 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 spokeswoman told WSJ.
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Lipinski is a member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition and has one of the most conservative voting records in the Democratic Party. As one of the last remaining pro-life Democrats in...
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