Old Photos From Obama’s Inauguration Show Just How Ridiculous Nike’s Shoe Ban Really Is

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It seems that those criticizing Nike for attempting to have a Betsy Ross flag on a pair of their shoes in celebration of Fourth of July forgot about former President Barack Obama using the same flags at his inauguration in 2013.

Nike stirred up controversy when they tried to have the earlier American flag, that displays 13 stars in a circle, on their Air Max 1 USA shoes but reportedly nixed the shoes after former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick called them offensive.

“Attention Nike: The flag Colin Kaepernick told you was unacceptable on your shoes was displayed rather prominently at Barack Obama’s inauguration,” the Washington Examiner’s Bryon York tweeted.

“Someone needs to tell Barack,” a Twitter user wrote, linking to several critics of the Betsy Ross flagged-themed shoes.

Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Obama’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), were happy about Nike’s decision to nix the controversial sneakers. Castro even said, “There are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful” in his response to Nike’s decision.

While O’Rourke said “it’s really important to take into account the impression that this kind of symbol would have for many of our fellow Americans,” it’s unclear if the two Democrats and other critics knew Obama had those flags hanging at his inauguration.

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. also questioned the controversy over Ross’s flag.

“Weird that no one had a problem with The Betsy Ross Flag when it flew over Obama’s inauguration. Now it’s not patriotic… ok got it,” he tweeted.

“That Betsy Ross flag sure fell out of fashion quickly,” Daily Mail’s David Martosko tweeted.

Check out the reactions below:

As IJR Red reported, Nike’s decision also drew responses from Republican lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joked that he’d “make the first order” of the sneakers if Nike or another shoe company decide to sell them with the Betsy Ross flag embroidered.

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Charles
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Maybe Dyson (who sucks), Castro (?), O’Dourke and Kaeperdick need to take a chill pill or go to a country they like. This is America and we like our flag. We don’t hold with traitors, dissidents, Communists or Socialists. There are plenty of those s**tholes to go to.

Dale F Yamarino
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Dale F Yamarino

The flag is a part of the history of our nation and symbolizes the freedoms and progression of our nation as a whole. If people can’t deal with it there are always other countries to take up residence in.

Raven
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So Obama can but if anyone else does it it’s racist uh hah yeah right, you asses are sickening using the racist play to control others

Richard
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Richard

How inconvenient is the truth. It is hard to keep up with the ever changing tides of change sometimes.

Frank
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Frank

Just bought New Balance with a US Flag on it. Made in the USA. No more Nike products for me.

Friend
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Why on God’s green earth is anyone paying any attention to this self agrandizing, overhyped moron any attention, much less a multinational company the size of Nike? His opinions are only shared by the six clueless twits that make up his fan club.

Kenny
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What ever Clapperdick says has no bearing on normal Americans. He’s just a washed up punk braying for socialism. As soon as no attention is payed to the maggot he will fade to the nothing he is.

Terry L
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Terry L

The entire complaint has nothing to do with RACISM or the SLAVERY that was abolished over 150+ years ago. The flag has NEVER stood for slavery or racism. It had 13 stars and 13 stripes to represent the original states and colonies that became those states. The number of Stars were expanded with the addition of each new state. The Flag having nothing to do with slavery or racism remained unchanged throughout the passage of laws restricting slavery or the constitutional amendment passed after the civil war that abolished it completely because NOTHING it represented was changed. All the complaints… Read more »

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