Mitch McConnell may be many things, but fashion icon is not one of them.
That's not a shot at McConnell - it's just plain to see. The Senate majority leader is far too busy with the intense politicking of 2019 to spend time and effort to appear "chic" or "hip". He's not into kicks, per se, but that hasn't stopped him from jumping feet first into the recent controversy surrounding Nike and Colin Kaepernick.
To recap, the unemployed second string quarterback and Nike spokesman was concerned that the Betsy Ross flag emblazoned on the back of an upcoming Nike release would be considered offensive because it was the US flag during a time of slavery.
This is akin to saying that we shouldn't see the likenesses of the pyramids of Giza in popular culture because they too were created during a period of slavery.
Nike pulled the shoe as to not "unintentionally offend" anyone, sparking outrage from those who found Kaepernick's outrage to be ostensibly trite and silly.
Now Mitch McConnell is weighing in, hoping to get his hands on a pair of the limited edition sneakers.
McConnell told the Lexington Herald Leader:
If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we’ve got a problem.
I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoe maker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. I’ll make the first order.
The irony of Nike caving to a contrived and absurd claim of offensiveness over slavery is laughable, considering that the sneaker giant has perfected the despicable practice of using sweatshops in the far east to manufacture their expense sneakers.
Political correctness has jumped the shark in 2019, and this latest bizarre bungling by Nike proves it.
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