President Trump: What was Nike thinking?

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The Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick aired during Thursday night’s game between the Falcons and Eagles and it again drew a response from President Trump.

The President took to Twitter on Friday morning to ask “what was Nike thinking?” The company’s decision to unveil an ad featuring Kaepernick has been a frequent target for Trump this week.

He also slammed the company during a rally in Montana on Thursday night and squeezed in some time to hammer the NFL. He said in an interview with FOX News that he will win a “culture war” with the league over the national anthem while saying that it is his “understanding” that players are contractually required to stand for the national anthem.

That’s not the case. The league had installed a policy requiring players on the field to stand or stay in the locker room with provisions to fine teams if players did not abide. That policy was put on hold pending further discussion between the NFL and NFLPA. In Thursday night’s game, Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett sat near the end of the anthem while all other players on both teams stood.

107 responses to “President Trump: What was Nike thinking?

  1. Montana, now there is Nike’s (and the NFL’s) target demographic.

    No one has accused this president of “understanding” facts.

  2. Regardless if you’re supportive or not of this whole “issue,” I do agree that this was a major gamble for Nike, as they’ve chosen to draw a line in the sand with their consumers. As a company, you never want to alienate half of the population, especially those who consume your products. Time will tell if this was a good decision, or if Nike just pigeonholed themselves to a specific demographic.

  3. The NFL and Nike are suffering from “Colin” Cancer.

    The “Colin” needs to be surgically removed for them to heal properly.

  4. Nike sides with the spoiled millionaire babies that can’t stand for 2 minutes while the national anthem is played, and then has no problem working third world countries citizens in sweatshops for what these diva athletes make in about three seconds. Hypocrisy at its finest

  5. Nike was thinking they might appeal to a certain demographic and get some sneaker sales from it. Nothing more. This is the business world, companies do this all the time as they look for ways to move their product. Those that are thinking they are going to stick it to Nike by not buying their sneakers ask yourself this: do you think your demographic buys more sneakers than the one they are targeting. If so then make your stand, thats your call. But if you’re wrong then its going to be an empty gesture. There is going to be a lot of talk about this one but I think I will watch the numbers in the Wall Street Journal (not articles, the hard numbers farther in there) and use that for my thoughts on whether this was a successful ploy or not.

  6. I agree with Trump, in that the players should show America, and its citizens,the same amount of respect he does. Wow…

  7. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    September 7, 2018 at 7:52 am
    An unindicted (so far) co-conspirator says what?
    _____________
    You’re gonna hate November 2020.

  8. thewanderer says:
    September 7, 2018 at 7:56 am
    Montana, now there is Nike’s (and the NFL’s) target demographic.

    No one has accused this president of “understanding” facts.
    ____________
    You didn’t understand that he was in Montana during the speech?

  9. What a great patriot – remind me again, where was he during Viet Nam – oh, that’s right, he had bone spurs

  10. derekgorgonstar says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:18 am
    Trump 2020.

    Whether you like it or not.

    ________

    The NYT op-ed is recommended reading. “Fake News”, you say? Haha.

  11. I’m still wondering what AMERICA was THINKING when they elected THE DONALD president!!???!!
    Actually, I believe I already know….AMERICANS WEREN’T THINKING at all!!!

  12. Trump… Trump… Trump… Choo Choo! Trump… Trump… Trump… Choo Choo!
    That’s right boys and girls, TRUMP train comin’ through! First stop, mid-term elections. Destination, 2020. Trump… Trump… Trump… Choo Choo! Trump… Trump… Trump…

  13. andrewjaxson says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:02 am
    Your president won’t be in office much longer…
    ———————

    Yup, just six more years. 😀

  14. Everyone is missing the point. It’s not whether you agree with Kap or not, but doesn’t trump have bigger world issues to worry about. Instead he goes to pep rallies where his fans throw roses at his feet. Only someone who is insecure would hold pep rallies with all his fans to show how much they adore him instead of staying in Washington and doing his job. And besides that since when do presidents hold rallies when they aren’t campaigning? And if he is campaigning in the middle if his term, then he’s even more insecure than I even thought.

  15. What was America thinking?

    Oh I know…

    durrrrrrrr hims a smart business man durrrrrrrr hims gonna bring factory jerbs back cause those aren’t dying with robotics durrrrrrrr hims wil make meRicA great agAin durrrrrr Kaepernick bad durrrrrr

    GET A BRAIN MORANS

  16. So you have on one side, football players kneeling peacefully in protest against police brutality and unnecessary shootings on the other side you have a president who instructed ICE to forcefully remove children from their parents and put the children in cages.

    Who stands for the American way?

  17. As much as I dislike Kaep, I don’t get this. You are the president. Stop worrying about trivial things like what Nike chooses to do with their company. Worry about more important things like homeland security, economic growth, and better education for pretty much everyone.

    Free country means just that. If you want to run Nike, then leave office and apply for the board of advisors at Nike…

  18. Lowest unemployment claims in 50 years. But that doesn’t matter because he hurts peoples feelings.

    Most lies by a President ever….but the Hillbilly’s don’t want something they aren’t smart enough to understand. The dumbing down of America is quite evident with Trump. The people who buy Nike follow the people who hate the Liar in Chief…..Nike sales will surge and the Bubbas wont know why.

  19. Ok, when I first saw this, I thought it was stupid Nike tied their campaign to Kaep but I just realized all NFL jerseys we as fans buy online or thru the NFL are Nike. Honestly, that gave me a pause on buying a jersey this year. And I always buy one. So this doesn’t really just hurt Nike. It hurts the NFL too.

  20. As delicate as a peach and ironically, the same color. So while he gets all of his drones buzzing about Nike, wait until you do your income taxes in 2019 and find out his “great tax plan’ is going to end up costing you money, while you subsidize he and all of fat cat 1%ers.

  21. It really was a dumb business decison, no way around it.

    As for Trump and all other Presidents past and future, it’s all about the economy. If he keeps it humming then he gets reelected.

    Like it or not.

  22. Nike wants money and they are manipulating sympathetic ears for extra money, as any business does to some degree. I did think the commercial last night was grandiose, and pretty ridiculous.

  23. I like how the Trumptards think he’s going to win in 2020. I have some bad news for you clowns. Trump’s either not winning in 2020 or he won’t even get there.

  24. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Lowest unemployment claims in 50 years. But that doesn’t matter because he hurts peoples feelings.
    ———–
    “The numbers are phony. These are all phony numbers. Numbers given to politicians to look good. These are phony numbers.” -Donald Trump

    “You hear a 5 percent unemployment rate. It’s such a phony number. That number was put in for presidents and for politicians so that they look good to the people.” -Donald Trump

    “The unemployment number, as you know, is totally fiction.” -Donald Trump

    “Unemployment rate only dropped because more people are out of labor force & have stopped looking for work. Not a real recovery, phony numbers” -Donald Trump

  25. mlhigh says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:23 am
    Trump is spending more time on Nike than North Korea.

    How would you really know that? Do you work closely with president trump in the white house?

  26. “emaney477 says:

    September 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Everyone is missing the point. It’s not whether you agree with Kap or not, but doesn’t trump have bigger world issues to worry about. Instead he goes to pep rallies where his fans throw roses at his feet. Only someone who is insecure would hold pep rallies with all his fans…And besides that since when do presidents hold rallies when they aren’t campaigning? And if he is campaigning in the middle if his term, then he’s even more insecure than I even thought.
    ________________________________
    You really don’t understand how this works do you.
    DJT is campaigning. The midterms are in less than 2 months.
    I’m surprised you don’t understand this after watching your boy 0 on his 8 year, non-stop campaign tour.

  27. What was Nike thinking? Well we know when Trump slaps better grade athletic apparel with
    China Tariffs that Nike made a horrific mistake. Demographics? Wait till Nike’s audience has to pay $50 more retail for their overrated athletic shoes. Ouch………

  28. First off, Trump is so petty!

    Good for Nike for taking a stand and betting on what they feel is their consumer base. It’s really no different than Trump creating policy and making statements to appease his base.

    Nike is a global company and will be just fine if there are people who choose not to wear Nike products again. There are many outside of the US who are not fans of Trump by any means who will continue purchasing and perhaps buy even more Nike products for that reason alone.

    Again, if people decide not to watch football or buy Nike’s due to their beliefs, WHO CARES?!? It’s their individual prerogative that our ALREADY great country has afforded its citizens. I could not care less that POTUS and his base won’t watch a game because when the games kicks off, I’m watching! That base can find something else to do with their time while the rest of us are enjoying the spoils of FOOTBALL SEASON:-)

  29. Hey MAGAs,

    Question – Explain how Trump personally sending jobs to China having his MAGA hats and campaign banners made there, sending jobs to China that should go to Americans, is ‘making America great again’?

    Answer – It doesn’t of course, it simply rips off his base while enriching him slightly more than he already is. Yet somehow you people believe those made in China hats are a great symbol of America.

  30. “Wait till Nike’s audience has to pay $50 more retail for their overrated athletic shoes”

    Lol Nike makes the MAGA hats in China. Guess those are going to cost $50 more as well.

  31. andrewjaxson says:
    September 7, 2018 at 9:45 am
    The 25 amendment will strike soon. All you great pumpkin lovers get ready…

    If the 25 Amendment strikes, you better be ready.

  32. Trump has certainly maintained a reserved tone in his criticism of Nike’s leadership team so far. He must be worried stiff that this ad event with Kaepernick is a trap, and he’s probably smart to be so worried! Nike obviously isn’t the least bit timid about going rounds with this clown (Nike threw the first punch), and Trump definitely senses that. For every point that Trump loses from here on, Nike gains a point. Easy money. Genius.

  33. The commercial would have been fine if they did not use the word “everything.” If they would have used “Sacrifice” by itself, we all would have received the message that the man took a position he believed in.

    “Sacrifice everything” is associated with soldiers and public servants who die in the name of duty. Nike knows this and they made the choice to use these words to elicit a reaction. They truly don’t care if is a positive reaction or a negative reaction — they want a reaction as that spurs discussion, conflict and DRAMA!! Drama is what gets eyeballs and attention.

    They know exactly who the people are who purchase their shoes and clothing. Before you get upset, ask yourself when was the last time you bought Nike?

  34. guypatsfan says:
    September 7, 2018 at 9:42 am

    ######

    Totally unsurprising a Pats fan wants to impeach the President and break some more rules. Must be something in the Boston water.

  35. kissbillsrings says:

    September 7, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I’m still wondering what AMERICA was THINKING when they elected THE DONALD president!!???!!
    Actually, I believe I already know….AMERICANS WEREN’T THINKING at all!!!
    ———————–
    You silly people. Presidents aren’t voted for, its rigged! They are put in place by the Federal Reserve controllers. Study 2004 election, Bush vs Kerry. BOth were went to Yale and were members of Skull and Bones! The Republican/Democrat thing is just to keep the sheep fighting and distracted.

  36. August just added another quarter million jobs…unemployment now at 3.9%. 45 year low. Just sayin…

  37. 19dead2
    Sep 7, 2018, 9:01 AM CDT
    What was Nike thinking? Well we know when Trump slaps better grade athletic apparel with
    China Tariffs that Nike made a horrific mistake. Demographics? Wait till Nike’s audience has to pay $50 more retail for their overrated athletic shoes. Ouch………”

    This is a terrific example of the limited scope of the average trump supporters understanding of the world. Nike is a GLOBAL company. They sell to billions of people who don’t care about our melodrama and histrionics from Americans (specifically trump supporters).so boycott and burn away, it’s a big on a windshield!

  38. I don’t agree with Trump on this – Nike’s actually geniuses for this campaign, but if you think for one second Nike cares about Kaepernick’s ‘movement’ then you’re an idiot. It’s all about money in the end and a behemoth like Nike has everyone talking about them and inevitably will end up leading to more sales. They’re gonna take a knee Scrooge McDuck style in a pool of money.

  39. Art of the crowd says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Nike was thinking they might appeal to a certain demographic and get some sneaker sales from it.

    I can only assume that you are referring to young, intelligent, rational human beings. Nike’s base.

  40. As usual this windbag knows nothing about America and the NFL. He is the dumbest president this country has ever had.
    I would love to see the results of an IQ exam.

    But like his tax returns and his nominee, he will not submit to an IQ exam.
    I would be surprised if he could get above 50.

  41. guypatsfan says:
    September 7, 2018 at 9:42 am
    I like how the Trumptards think he’s going to win in 2020. I have some bad news for you clowns. Trump’s either not winning in 2020 or he won’t even get there.

    ——————-
    Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah….in 2016

  42. I didn’t care for President Obama. I did not vote for him. I thought he did very damaging things to this country and our place in the world. What I did not do was ever disrespect him or anyone who voted for him. I never made comments about ‘Obama supporters’. Either it’s just the world we live in now or the left really is that intolerant and vindictive. Maybe a little of both, no?

  43. dolphin80 says:
    Regardless if you’re supportive or not of this whole “issue,” I do agree that this was a major gamble for Nike, as they’ve chosen to draw a line in the sand with their consumers. As a company, you never want to alienate half of the population, especially those who consume your products. Time will tell if this was a good decision, or if Nike just pigeonholed themselves to a specific demographic.
    =======
    Nike is an international company, so the pro-trump population is nowhere near half. Their target demographic was well defined before this ad and it is not angry old men, who don’t understand that protesting racial oppression is not protesting America.

  44. mullman76 says:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:13 am
    Remember lemmings:

    When drumph gets impeached, it’s your fault.
    ————————
    When your only basis for impeachment is a bunch of name calling there will be no impeachment..just because you hate him is not grounds.

  45. Apparently Trump doesn’t like our Constitution, maybe he should move! As a VET there’s one thing I hate above all others and that’s someone that wants to take another persons rights away just because they don’t agree with them!!! I may not agree with the players that are kneeling but as a VET that was willing to fight and die for ALL CITIZENS to have the rights afforded to us by the Constitution I KNOW it is their right to do what they’re doing, like it, agree with it or not.

    BTW to all those that are hell bent on taking these players rights away do you want to get rid of ALL of the 1st Amendment rights or just this one because you don’t agree with what they’re doing? Don’t bother answering it’s a rhetorical question.

  46. dutchschafer says:

    September 7, 2018 at 9:09 am

    What was America thinking?

    Oh I know…

    durrrrrrrr hims a smart business man durrrrrrrr hims gonna bring factory jerbs back cause those aren’t dying with robotics durrrrrrrr hims wil make meRicA great agAin durrrrrr Kaepernick bad durrrrrr

    GET A BRAIN MORANS

    ——————————————————–

    I hope you intentionally misspelled MORONS

  47. As usual everything on here is i`m right so your wrong. I hate to break it to all of you but Trump is a joke AND Nike was wrong. They will have more sales for a short period of time from “supporters” because their demographic is much younger and they want to make their “statement” but it will hurt them long term as they are underestimating how long old rich white guys can hold a grudge.The way they went about getting the extension with their NFL “partners” done before starting their add campaign wasn`t lost on business people in other industries and a lot of NFL owners have a lot of ties to a lot of other business owners. 10 years from now i think Nike will look back with regret.

  48. mark0226 says:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:17 am
    Nike is an international company, so…

    So you’re cool with disrespecting our country so Nike can sell shoes in foreign countries? I bet the Chinese would love seeing our flag burned as well. How many shoes could Nike sell then?

  49. mullman76 says:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:13 am
    Remember lemmings:

    When drumph gets impeached, it’s your fault.
    —————————————

    Remember snowflake. It’s your fault Trump was elected in the first place. You are also assuring he will win by more in 2020.

  50. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    September 7, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Trump has certainly maintained a reserved tone in his criticism of Nike’s leadership team so far. He must be worried stiff that this ad event with Kaepernick is a trap, and he’s probably smart to be so worried! Nike obviously isn’t the least bit timid about going rounds with this clown (Nike threw the first punch), and Trump definitely senses that. For every point that Trump loses from here on, Nike gains a point. Easy money. Genius.

    ——————
    He probably knows that their usage of Vietnamese child labor is going to allow him to tariff their products anyhow. And they are also up for their mistreatment of women in the workplace so he figures he ca just let nature take its course on that. Its more politically shrewed for him to let Nike go ahead and align themselves as a darling of his opponents when he knows the kind of baggage thats going to go with them.

  51. guitarkevin says:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:45 am
    dutchschafer says:

    September 7, 2018 at 9:09 am

    What was America thinking?

    Oh I know…

    durrrrrrrr hims a smart business man durrrrrrrr hims gonna bring factory jerbs back cause those aren’t dying with robotics durrrrrrrr hims wil make meRicA great agAin durrrrrr Kaepernick bad durrrrrr

    GET A BRAIN MORANS

    ——————————————————–

    I hope you intentionally misspelled MORONS

    ——————
    Lol. You just cant write this stuff!

  52. mark0226 says:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:17 am
    dolphin80 says:
    Regardless if you’re supportive or not of this whole “issue,” I do agree that this was a major gamble for Nike, as they’ve chosen to draw a line in the sand with their consumers. As a company, you never want to alienate half of the population, especially those who consume your products. Time will tell if this was a good decision, or if Nike just pigeonholed themselves to a specific demographic.
    =======
    Nike is an international company, so the pro-trump population is nowhere near half. Their target demographic was well defined before this ad and it is not angry old men, who don’t understand that protesting racial oppression is not protesting America.
    =======
    I think you are right, they are a world wide company and this is just between differing points of view within the US. But then by that same argument the pro Kaepernick contingent would also be a just drop in their overall bucket. So what is the point of the ad?

  53. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 7, 2018 at 9:14 am
    Lowest unemployment claims in 50 years. But that doesn’t matter because he hurts peoples feelings.

    Most lies by a President ever….but the Hillbilly’s don’t want something they aren’t smart enough to understand. The dumbing down of America is quite evident with Trump. The people who buy Nike follow the people who hate the Liar in Chief…..Nike sales will surge and the Bubbas wont know why.
    ————————————

    Supporting so many losers tells everyone a lot about you and your kind.

  54. I like how the Trumptards think he’s going to win in 2020. I have some bad news for you clowns. Trump’s either not winning in 2020 or he won’t even get there.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Let me ask….who does the other side have to go against him? is it the Socialist?
    That’s funny.
    In the second part of your statement you stated “He won’t even get there.” That is also funny. The republicans will field Trump as the party candidate, w/o any challengers, if Trump chooses to run.

  55. Nike was thinking “there are a lot more people who hate you, Donald, than like you, and they buy sneakers.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Honestly, NIKE doesn’t care who like them or who hates Trump. They wanna sell athletic apparel, and in order to do so they felt that they needed to make a splash, and in order to do so, they hired a polarizing figure.

  56. Nike would make a killing if they could find a way to duplicate Donald Trumps image with their newest sneakers line, although just do it kinda sums that one up already!!

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