Trump Asks Twitter ‘What Was Nike Thinking?’ Gets Brutally Savaged In Response
President Donald Trump faced an epic backlash Friday morning after he fired off a tweet posting this question about Nike: “What was Nike thinking?”
Trump’s tweet came as he ramps up his criticism of the sports brand for making former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th-anniversary celebration of its iconic “Just Do It” campaign.
Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to protest systemic racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has been heavily critical of the protest.
In a “Fox & Friends” interview recorded Thursday at Trump’s political rally in Montana and shown Friday morning, Trump said he didn’t like “what Nike did.”
“I don’t think it’s appropriate what they did,” he said. “I honor the flag. I honor our national anthem, and most of the people in this country feel the same way.”
Trump’s Twitter question inspired many people to suggest why Nike had recruited Kaepernick for the campaign. And, inevitably, many took the opportunity to offer their thoughts about Trump.
Take a look at Trump’s tweet and some of the responses below:
What was Nike thinking?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2018
— Heidi Z 🌊🐓🌊 (@HeidiZarecky) September 7, 2018
C'mon dude. You aren't really asking an open ended question about thinking, are you? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 of course you are bc you're a fucking buffoon
— 💙 Koko ✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿 💙 (@Kokomothegreat) September 7, 2018
— Gh05twalker (@Gh05twalker) September 7, 2018
They were certainly thinking of something more inspirational than you could imagine.
— Mark Goldberg 🥑⚖️ (@MarkGoldberg13) September 7, 2018
What were you thinking when you cheated on your wife over and over?
Why is it your concern what NIKE is thinking?
Mind your business
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 7, 2018
They were thinking that your diseased racist world view is going to be considered unacceptable in polite society very soon now.
— Julius Goat (Read Pinned Tweet!) (@JuliusGoat) September 7, 2018
— SaveDemocracy (@Becky4Democracy) September 7, 2018
They were thinking that injustice is wrong and free speech matters. You should think this way too!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 7, 2018
They were thinking. You should try it sometime.
— Scott✍️Hughes (@Hugizu) September 7, 2018
Want to know what I'M thinking?
1. You don't even know the words to the National Anthem
2. Supporter behind you last night wiped her snotty nose with the FLAG
3. Plaid shirt guy in MT is our new Hero
— ❄️🌊Sheryl Lynne ReSister #GlovesOff 🌊❄️ (@shossy2) September 7, 2018
— George Capen #exGOP (@george_capen) September 7, 2018
They were thinking that they wanted to be on the right side of history, unlike you.
— F. Andy Seidl (@faseidl) September 7, 2018
What were you thinking when you called neo-nazis “very fine people”?
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 7, 2018
That you’re a racist 🤷🏼♂️
— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) September 7, 2018