Donald Trump tweeting is the Russian Roulette of social media. As are Trump’s comments in regards to the private sector. Sometimes I think Trump wants to be Trump, not President Trump. So he dives into the fray as a private citizen might, possibly without realizing the weight his position carries when commenting on a business matter of which a president has no business. Of which the right would be up in arms if Obama had done the same. But when he was asked about Colin Kaepernick’s new campaign with Nike, Trump bundled the good with the bad:
…I think it’s a terrible message that they’re [Nike] sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.
We can speculate Nike thinks they’re cutting out a market share from the woke SJW crowd, many of whom are probably dialed into NPR, not so much the NFL. Nike made a move, and they’ve gotten a ton of publicity from it. Including from this site. Long-term, though, signing an athlete who’s not been athletic so much as political, doesn’t seem like a wise move for a company selling to athletes. Unless Nike is pivoting to political wear. Like moisture wicking pussy hats. Pitless wind-breakers for blue-pit-haired feminists. Inflation vests for weak-chested incels. Just ideas.
Trump then offered the truth:
As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it. In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.
He’s right. Nike has the right to sign whoever they’d like. Kaepernick has the right to be a d!ck. You, the consumer, have the right to pass up the Nike store in favor of any number of its athletic apparel competitors. No one is mandating anyone do anything here. Freedom is a beautiful thing.
We’ll see if Trump has a change of opinion by morning. Stranger things have happened. For today, though, he’s spot on.