Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) offered Nike to move their business to his state after Arizona rescinded their tax benefits, saying the shoe manufacturer did “the right thing” by pulling a Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe from production.
After Governor Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) gave Nike’s tax benefits the boot when the company pulled a shoe from production due to a former NFL quarterback — Colin Kaepernick — claiming the flag was offensive, Newsom offered the shoe giant to move their business to the Golden State, praising them as doing the “right thing” by calling back the shoe.
“Hey, [Nike] — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border…” wrote the California governor. “Thank you for doing the right thing. [California] is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values.”
Hey, @Nike — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border…
Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values. pic.twitter.com/dLN7EuYBFS
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2019
The offer did not strike a chord with some users on Twitter, however.
One user blasted Newsom by saying that Nike was going to Arizona originally because California “is a death trap for business.”
You realize they were going to Arizona
because California is a death trap for business
and will only get worse as you try to social engineer it into a fully socialist crap hole
Nike will fit right in https://t.co/exzpghsJXS
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) July 3, 2019
Another took a shot at the Golden State’s homelessness problem, saying that Nike “should invent a shoe” that prevented “human feces” from being trapped in the soles of the shoes while “walking around” San Fransisco — where Newsom served as mayor.
Nike should invent a shoe that when you step in human feces while walking around San Fran that it doesn't get trapped in all those little grooves in the sole. Maybe put the California flag on the back? https://t.co/QQNCjioi1F
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) July 3, 2019
One was a bit more blunt about his views on the state of California.
"The best of our American values."
The state of California is a dumpster fire. https://t.co/LrCYdqvxRO
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) July 3, 2019
The California governor was not the only state executive making moves to court Nike. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) offered to “talk” with the shoe giant, as well.
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) July 2, 2019
Newsom’s tweet came after the Arizona governor’s move to revoke financial incentives for Nike to open up shop in Goodyear, Arizona, as IJR Red previously reported.
Kaepernick had claimed the iconic Betsy Ross flag — which flew in the American Revolution — was offensive because it was connected to a time in American history when slavery was legal.
Nike had already shipped the shoes to retailers before calling them back. A Nike spokeswoman said that the shoes were pulled because they “featured the old version of the American flag.”