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Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, suggested former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should consider moving to another country if he is unhappy with the United States.
When asked to weigh in on the controversy over Nike sneakers with a Revolutionary War-era flag, Brooks told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight that Kaepernick “ought to consider moving to a country where he believes the laws are better for his purposes.”
Kaepernick, who is well known for his political activism, made headlines last week when he complained to Nike, who sponsors him, about their “Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July” trainer because it featured an image of the Betsy Ross version of the American flag.
He told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive because the flag marked an era when slavery existed in the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal. After the company shipped the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned. In a statement, Nike spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-John said, “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.”
The Betsy Ross American flag is the nickname for the design of 13 stars that represents the 13 colonies arranged in a circle. It has been used periodically by some white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, but it does not appear in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols and is widely seen as a patriotic flag that even appeared at former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Brooks said there are some “very radical people in the United States of America who don’t like America.”
“They don’t like the foundational principles that have made us a great nation, and I would put Mr. Kaepernick in that category … In my mind, perhaps he ought to consider moving to a country where he believes the laws are better for his purposes,” he continued. “I doubt he will do that because in this country we’ve had over a million Americans die fighting for our liberties. All of these things that we enjoy he seems to frown upon, and so I just assume he’d leave.”