2020 Dem Castro Commends Nike for Scrapping Betsy Ross Shoes: ‘I Was Glad to See That’

2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Julián Castro (D) commended Nike for their controversial move nixing the sale of Betsy Ross flag-themed sneakers.

During an interview with CBS on Wednesday, Castro — who has called for decriminalizing illegal immigration during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination — was asked for his reaction to the shoe giant’s pulling of American Revolution flag-themed shoes after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick claimed the shoes were offensive, according to reports.

Castro said that he was “glad to see” the move by Nike and that he hoped the company saw “the significance there” instead of doing it just “to do it.”

“I was glad to see that and my hope is that that they didn’t just do it to do it, that they understand the significance there. And, look, there are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful,” said the former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary.

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Castro continued on to say that certain things like the “Confederate flag,” are still being “used as a symbol” in some parts of the country and that he believed “that we need to move towards an inclusive America” that “understands that pain” brought on by the symbols.

“The Confederate flag that still flies in some places and is used as a symbol, and I believe that we need to move toward an inclusive America that understands that pain, that doesn’t wipe it away from history in the sense that still belongs in a museum or we need to read about it and understand the significance. Because that’s how you learn and make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes in the future, but does not glorify it, does not celebrate it.”

According to reports, one of Castro’s 2020 primary opponents and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) echoed the former HUD secretary’s sentiments, saying that he thinks it is “really important to take into account the impression that kind of symbol would have for many of our fellow Americans.”

Castro’s comments came as Nike faces scrutiny for their controversial move.

As IJR Red previously reported, the Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) vowed to give Nike’s tax incentives for a new plant in Goodyear, Arizona, the boot after they pulled the sneakers.

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Castro, go to Cuba, they would like you. After all, you’re anti-American.


The name Castro isn’t an accident. Don’t believe for one moment they believe in the ideals of freedom, democracy and equality. Just their version of Autocracy Facism and control and the manipulation of useful idiots like Kaepernick to deceive the population like Venezuela.

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Another wanaby running into a BARRIER at the end of the political world! Ignorant of the Betsy Ross Flag, reason for and who asked her to make it to begin with! This country was not DEVIDED like it is now until the ” HALF AND HALF ILLEGAL KENYAN OBTAIND THE RIGHT THRU PELOSI THE SPEAKER AT THAT TIME OK’ING HIS RUN WHICH WAS ILLEGAL AS HE STILL IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY!

Patti Harrison

So mr Castro, must be be a Cuban or from Mexico, because I see nothing wrong with how our United States 🇺🇸 became, and those shameful pasts as you call them, most were racist democratic people!!

Karin Callaway

My question is, Mr. Castro, are you any relation to the more infamous family of Cuba?

Don Snyder

That’s o.k. I’m going to be glad that you will never make it into the inside of the White House unless you’re on a tour.

Bonnie Keever

This is one reason you will not become president

Jason Alsbrook

What an a-hole.

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