Scarborough unleashes on 'woke Democrats' after Nike cancels 'Betsy Ross flag' sneaker

MSNBC "Morning Joe" anchor Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough, Brzezinski honor Cummings as 'true patriot fighting for justice and truth' MSNBC's Scarborough hits back at Trump: 'History will be kind' to Romney MSNBC signs Alicia Menendez as weekend anchor MORE on Tuesday denounced Nike over its decision to cancel the release of the "Betsy Ross flag" sneaker, claiming that political correctness was accelerating and that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE would benefit from Democrats' "reflexive wokeness." 

"The Betsy Ross flag is now a symbol of White Nationalism and slavery? Not defiance against a distant monarchy?" Scarborough, a former GOP congressman who is now a registered independent, asked on Twitter. "Really, Nike?" 

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Scarborough continued his criticism of what he described as a "woke nation" in series of tweets, denouncing Democrats for some of the policy ideas they have endorsed, such as universal health care for undocumented immigrants.  

"Do you also now support the banning of the Betsy Ross flag from public places?" he asked. 

"Let me disabuse Woke Democrats of the notion that I expect them to adjust their beliefs and strategies to suit former Republicans," he added in a separate tweet. "I don’t. But I do want them to refrain from blowing themselves up politically and re-electing Trump."

Scarborough urged the party to "stop setting yourself on fire. Just beat Trump." He later acknowledged that he broke every rule he's made for himself by posting a series of passionate tweets about his problems with the Democratic party. 

The comments from Scarborough came as several GOP elected officials voiced outrage with Nike's decision to cancel the release of a shoe featuring a Revolutionary War-era flag design. 

Nike had been planning to release the Air Max 1 USA featuring the Betsy Ross flag design this week, according to The Wall Street Journal. But the company called off those plans after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reached out and voiced concerns with the design. 

Kaepernick, who is sponsored by Nike, said the early American flag was an offensive symbol connected to an era of slavery, the Journal reported. 

Nike asked retailers to return the sneakers in response. 

The decision was met with swift criticism from conservatives. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens MORE (Texas) vowed to never wear Nike products again in light of the move, suggesting he'd rather buy shoes from a company that's "not so woke."

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said Nike's move amounted to bowing "to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism." He also announced that he would ask the state's chamber of commerce to pull financial incentives for a Nike location in the state. 

Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Who is Kurt Volker and why is he important? Putin says he doesn't share 'excitement' about Greta Thunberg's UN speech MORE also said she would boycott Nike products

“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," Nike said in a statement to The Hill. 

Kaepernick in 2016 became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. The former NFL quarterback was the face of a Nike "Just Do It" ad campaign that was released in September.