Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1, Michael Testa, Jr. weighed in on the Betsy Ross Sneakers controversy today. Testa has a great idea, Nike should listen. Testa’s press release on the issue follows:
Vineland, Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – A day after he called for a national boycott of Nike for their decision to scrap a Betsy Ross Flag-themed sneaker after alleged pressure from Colin Kaepernick and afar-left, politically-correct culture run amok, 1st Legislative District Senate candidate Mike Testa, Jr. called on Nike to donate the unused sneakers to the homeless, particularly homeless veterans.
“While apparently the corporate executives at Nike are ashamed of putting the Betsy Ross Flag on their shoes, I am sure that homeless Americans – particularly our homeless veterans – would be proud to wear them on their feet – let alone grateful,” said Testa, Jr., who is Past Chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties. “Letting these perfectly good shoes go to waste would only compound this asinine and tone-deaf decision by Nike. Since they recalled the shoes already shipped to stores and likely have hundreds of thousands of them sitting in a warehouse somewhere, it makes perfect sense to give them to people who need them.”
Testa, Jr. called the Nike fiasco a disgrace and called on longstanding Nike consumers – like himself – to find another company to give their business to.
“I don’t know who the people are making these decisions, but the degree to which they are disconnected from regular people in places like Vineland, Millville, Ocean City, Lower Township and Middle Township is stunning,” said Testa, Jr. “Being a proud American should never be a partisan issue, no matter who sits in the White House. Shame on these far-left fanatics and shame on the Democratic Party for embracing them.”