Trump's Nike tweet proves you should never ask a rhetorical question on Twitter
Per usual, President Donald Trump woke up bright and early to tweet on Friday morning. This time, he went with, "What was Nike thinking?," a clear reference to the brand's new campaign starring former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
Fresh on the heels of a fear-mongering campaign rally in Montana, the tweet — like most of Trump's tweets — was clearly intended to rile up his base. Fortunately, it was also a rhetorical question, which everyone knows is a recipe for disaster if you're trying to prove a point.
As it turns out, a lot of people have solid theories about what Nike was thinking.
Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was exiled from the NFL in 2016 after he began protesting police brutality in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem. Since then, he's been unable to find work with another team, but his protest has spread like wildfire among his fellow athletes.
This spring, he was also named Amnesty International's "Ambassador of Conscience" for 2018, which only bolstered his already solid reputation as a courageous and principled activist — i.e., a great person with whom to align your brand.
So, yeah, that's probably what Nike was thinking.
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September 7, 2018 at 10:21AM