Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh announced that the Betsy Ross-themed shirt he is selling on his website raised over $3 million for a charity following the controversy generated by Nike and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
During an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Monday, Limbaugh was asked by the hosts about his new Betsy Ross flag-inspired shirt, which benefits the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Limbaugh said that he did not think “there was any reason to tear down the flag,” the nation’s “history,” and “Betsy Ross,” and pointed to the recent controversy from Kaepernick and Nike where the shoe giant pulled a Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe from stores after the former quarterback claimed the footwear was offensive because of its connection to the time when slavery was legal in the U.S.
The conservative radio host went on to say that “people are tired of this” and that they wanted “a mechanism” to “push back” with.
“Well, the bottom line is we don’t think there’s any reason to tear down the flag. There’s no reason to tear down our history, and certainly there’s no reason to tear down Betsy Ross. She’s an American hero, maybe one of the first feminists.
So the thing happens with Nike […] People are tired of this, guys. They’re tired. They want a mechanism by way which they could push back.”
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Limbaugh went on to say that the donations made through the shirts had reached $3 million “and counting” as of Monday.
“We partnered, as you say, with Tunnel to Towers. We would have been thrilled if we had been able to move 50,000 shirts and send that money over to Tunnel to Towers,” continued Limbaugh. “[…] Today, we’re going to announce that the donation to Tunnel to Towers is now up to $3 million and counting!”
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a charity that helps military veterans and first responders who “continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country,” as well as their families.