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

MSNBC "Morning Joe" anchor Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low Cheney clashes with Trump Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record 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 TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties 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 CruzGianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down 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 IngrahamTrump's July 4 weekend comes with COVID-19 backdrop Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record South Dakota governor: Masks are optional at Mount Rushmore event Trump's attending 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.