Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he disagreed with Nike's decision to scrap a shoe for July Fourth that featured a Revolutionary War-era flag designed by Betsy Ross.

"If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we've got a problem," McConnell told reporters during a trip to a Lexington, Ky., hemp farm, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

"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," he added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Nike was blasted this week for reportedly nixing plans to release a sneaker featuring the early American flag to celebrate Independence Day after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick told the brand the image was associated with an era of slavery.

The shoe company has defended its decision, saying it “regularly” withdraws “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," Nike said in a statement to The Hill earlier Tuesday.

Nike has faced backlash for the decision from Republican lawmakers and organizations over the canceled shoe design.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced that he would ask the state government to pull financial incentives for the company. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice' Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-Texas) also tweeted that he would no longer buy Nike products.