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Republican congressman wants people to wear New Balance after Nike cancels ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneakers

Republican congressman wants people to wear New Balance after Nike cancels ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneakers

Former Republican lawmaker Bruce Poliquin says customers should ban Nike in favor of New Balance after the former brand canceled its “Betsy Ross flag” shoes. (Photo: Getty Images)

Wall Street Journal, the ex-NFL player disapproved of Nike’s “Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July” shoes for their new “Betsy Ross flag” imprint. Nike reportedly axed the $140 sneakers on June 26 before Tuesday’s release and after orders were shipped.’ data-reactid=”23″>According to the Wall Street Journal, the ex-NFL player disapproved of Nike’s “Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July” shoes for their new “Betsy Ross flag” imprint. Nike reportedly axed the $140 sneakers on June 26 before Tuesday’s release and after orders were shipped.

Poliquin, formerly of Maine, said on Facebook that followers should buy New Balance. “AMERICA, HERE’S AN IDEA,” he wrote Tuesday. “Since Nike, who makes their shoes out of the country, just BANNED a new ‘Betsy Ross’ sneaker because of a claim the colonial flag from our nation’s founding is now controversial; why not buy American? This shoe for instance, made by New Balance which employs hundreds of our fellow U.S. Citizens, right in the great state of Maine. As we are celebrating our nation’s independence what better time than to buy American?”

Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach Poliquin for comment in time for publication.

A spokesperson from New Balance did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. An alleged New Balance employee of the sneaker brand replied to the lawmaker on Facebook: “Thank you Bruce Poliquin for always supporting us. This August will be my 23rd year working for New Balance.” Poliquin wrote back, “Maine workers are the best! Thank you for the note.”

reportedly created 500 local jobs.’ data-reactid=”40″>Reacting to Nike’s news, Arizona governor Doug Ducey said he was rescinding incentive funds for Nike to open a manufacturing plant in the town of Goodyear, which would have reportedly created 500 local jobs.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours,” Ducey said in a thread. “I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.”

Another Ducey tweet read, “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

Tripp Stelnicki, director of communications for Grisham, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “The administration has reached out to Nike to explore whether there’s a potential fit. We want those jobs. It’s wild to me that anyone would jeopardize viable employment for hundreds of state residents over some political virtue-signaling…”

A Nike representative tells Yahoo Lifestyle: “We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. Nike made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday…”

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