Over Labor Day weekend, Nike released a 30th anniversary ad of the “Just Do It” campaign, featuring none other than the washed up Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, the new face of Nike, is pictured proudly with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Seriously?
It goes without mentioning that Kaepernick’s short-lived career in the NFL was anything but successful. Oh, and let’s not forget that since his little feelings were hurt after not being re-signed this year, he thought it best to sue the NFL for damages and collusion not to higher him. Maybe he should take a look at his stats before wasting his money in a legal battle to make himself feel better about his lack of athleticism.
But, wait! Money is surely not an issue for Colin Kaepernick after signing his million dollar deal with Nike. The “social justice warrior” has made bank after exercising his First Amendment right’s by kneeling for the Nation Anthem.
So, were the words “sacrificing” and “everything” really appropriate words to use for campaign they chose Kaepernick to be the face of? What has he sacrificed? Playing time he wasn’t getting in the first place?
If Nike wanted to use such a powerful slogan, maybe they should’ve considered the face of an actual American hero like Pat Tillman. While his photo has been circulating in social media recently, it is imperative to note that he actually sacrificed everything. He gave up his position with the Cardinals (that had a better record than Kaepernick – just saying) after the 9/11 attacks to fight for his country, where he lost his life. If anyone deserves to be the poster child for a slogan about sacrifice, it’s him.
But, instead, Nike would rather glorify a spineless kid like Colin Kaepernick who doesn’t have decency to pay respect to the men and women who have died to give him the right to exercise Freedom of Speech.
I’m quite confident that Adidas and Under Armour are thankful for this publicity stunt put on by Nike. The company has already lost over $4 billion dollars in a few short days with their approval rating continuing to drop. This ad has done exactly what they wanted it to do – get people talking. Nike is in the news now more than ever. While I don’t plan to be burning any of my old Nikes, you can best bet they will not be getting another dollar of mine.
Donald Trump’s Team Officially Disavows the ‘Patriot Party’, Affirms the GOP Belongs to Trump
Now is not the time to divide the ranks.
Former president Donald Trump’s team has officially disavowed the “Patriot Party,” a fringe outfit that has tried to draw Trump’s supporters out of the Republican Party into a new third-party effort.
Fake news had been circulating that Trump was connected to the efforts of Michael Joseph Gaul of Georgia, who had suggested in a Jan. 22 filing that Trump may be connected to his incarnation of the Patriot Party. Trump’s team has made it clear in a separate FEC filing that this is not the case.
“On January 22, 2021, Patriot Party filed a Form 1 (Statement of Organization) listing [Trump’s presidential organization] as a participant in purported joint fundraising activities under 11 C.F.R. 102.17. [Trump’s presidential organization] did not authorize the filing of this Form 1, has not entered into any joint fundraising agreement to fundraise through Patriot Party, and has no knowledge of Patriot Party’s activities whatsoever,” Trump’s team wrote in the filing.
To be clear: [Trump’s presidential organization] has no affiliation with Patriot Party, which is not authorized by Mr. Trump or [Trump’s presidential organization],” the filing continued.
“[Trump’s presidential organization] is placing this disavowal notice on the public record out of concern for confusion among the public, which may be misled to believe that Patriot Party’s activities have been authorized by Mr. Trump or [Trump’s presidential organization] — or that contributions to this unauthorized committee are being made to [Trump’s presidential organization] — when that is not true,” they added in the filing.
Previously, Trump had previously flirted with the idea of starting a Patriot Party or a separate third-party organization away from the GOP, which was seized upon by opportunists trying to exploit the former president’s name to make a buck.
Big League Politics has reported on how rank-and-file Republicans overwhelmingly want the party to adopt the agenda and the posturing of Trump:
Recent polling indicates that the overwhelming majority of Republicans side with President Donald Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in their struggle over the future of the GOP.
McConnell has used last week’s violence in the Capitol to agitate against Trump, even flirting with the idea of impeaching the president. Ten Congressional Republicans joined the Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time on Wednesday.
However, McConnell’s feud with Trump comes at the peril of his career prospects. Republicans side with Trump, believing that Trump is right in his complaints about corruption.
An Axios-Ipsos poll shows that a firm majority of Republicans believe Trump was just to oppose election fraud, that he bares no responsibility in what happened at the U.S. Capitol, and they hope he runs again for the presidency in 2024.
Additionally, the results of the poll show a divide that has formed within the GOP. 56 percent of respondents consider themselves “traditional Republicans” while 36 percent of respondents consider themselves “Trump Republicans.” There is likely considerable overlap between the two groups as well, which should scare the likes of McConnell and his special interest masters.
The findings show that the “Trump Republicans” are on board with their president like never before and will be the most formidable anti-establishment constituency in GOP history.
The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump and the home of his supporters. Any person attempting to run patriots out of the GOP is trying to subvert Trump’s agenda, whether they realize it or not.
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