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Nike pulls sneaker after Kaepernick objection, prompting Republican fury

Nike pulls sneaker after Kaepernick objection, prompting Republican fury‘Betsy Ross Flag’ featuring 13 stars in a circle is embraced by white nationalists – Republicans criticize move, calling it ‘anti-American’Nike’s Air Max 1 sneakers, features 13 white stars in a circle. The flag has been embraced by white nationalists and the American Nazi party. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersNike has withdrawn a pair of shoes featuring an early version of the American flag that has been embraced by white nationalists, after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly pointed out that the symbol was offensive.Conservatives in the US immediately criticized the move. One Republican senator called the decision to pull the shoes “anti-American”.The “Betsy Ross flag” features 13 white stars in a circle, representing the 13 original colonies, and is one of many early versions of the American flag. It is named after the Philadelphia seamstress who is credited with creating the first American flag featuring stars and stripes in the late 18th century – though most scholars dismiss that story as myth.The flag has since been embraced by white nationalists and the American Nazi party.The shoes had been destined for stores to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. But Kaepernick – the NFL star turned activist who took the knee during the national anthem in protest against racism and police brutality – said Nike should not sell the shoes with a symbol many consider offensive for its connection to an era of slavery, according the Wall Street Journal.“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman told the WSJ.In response to the report, Doug Ducey, Arizona’s Republican governor, called Ross a “founding mother” of the US, and tweeted: “Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike.”Ducey said he had asked the state’s commerce authority to withdraw financial incentives for Nike to open a manufacturing plant in Arizona.He tweeted: “Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.”Ted Cruz, the Republican senator, said Nike “only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag”.> It’s a good thing @Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag…. @NFL HappyFourth t.co/G6w8vDjvLP> > — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019Josh Hawley, a fellow Republican senator from Missouri, called Nike “anti-American, pure and simple”.Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who has been accused of racism in the past and recently interviewed Donald Trump on his trip to France for the D-Day commemorations, tweeted: “No more Nike sneakers for our family.”The Journal reported that the shoes had shipped to retailers, but Nike asked them to be returned, without giving further details. Some pairs of the shoes have been appearing on the re-sale website StockX for more than $ 2,000.The Betsy Ross flag has caused controversy in the past. In 2016, the superintendent of a Michigan school district apologized after students waved the flag during a football game.At the time, Cle Jackson, the president of the local Greater Grand Rapids chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said the flag had been embraced by “[t]he so-called ‘Patriot movement’ and other militia groups who are responding to America’s increasing diversity with opposition and racial supremacy”.Kaepernick, now 31, has not played in the NFL since 2016, when he began kneeling during the US national anthem to call attention to social injustice and racial inequality. The former 49ers quarterback settled a grievance case earlier this year, which alleged the league had blackballed him and a fellow player for their political views.Nike unveiled an advertising campaign last year that put Kaepernick’s activism front and center, and featured the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it.”Despite a backlash from some conservatives, Nike said it saw sales increase by 31% following the campaign’s launch. Its share price has risen more than 15% so far this year.



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Fury from Democrats after Donald Trump Jr attacks Kamala Harris over her race

Fury from Democrats after Donald Trump Jr attacks Kamala Harris over her raceSenator Kamala Harris, one of only two black presidential candidates in a field of two dozen, had a history-making moment on the debate stage on Thursday night when she challenged former vice president Joe Biden over racial issues.But as the reaction to her debate performance poured in, so did the racist attacks on social media, where some accused the California Democrat of not being black enough, and others suggested she was not really American.On Twitter, some commenters suggested Ms Harris was unfairly portraying herself as African American, since she is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother.By Saturday, Ms Harris’s campaign spokeswoman had retweeted nearly a dozen comments and articles defending her boss, and Ms Harris’s 2020 Democratic challengers forcefully condemned the attacks on social media.“This stuff is really vile and everyone should speak out against it,” Lily Adams, Ms Harris’s spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter.“The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted shortly after.“We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it’s within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks.”“@KamalaHarris doesn’t have s*** to prove,” tweeted Senator Cory Booker.Washington Governor Jay Inslee called the attacks “racist and vile”.Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar wrote: “These troll-fuelled racist attacks on Senator @KamalaHarris are unacceptable. We are better than this (Russia is not) and stand united against this type of vile behaviour.”Caroline Orr, a behavioural scientist who studies the spread of disinformation online, noted on Twitter a surge of related anti-Harris tweets that posted within minutes of each other during the debate.“Efforts to attack Kamala Harris’ race have been around for a while, but a huge volume of tweets pushing this manufactured narrative appeared tonight right after Kamala pointed out that she was the only Black woman onstage,” Ms Orr wrote, with images of the tweets questioning Harris’ racial credentials.At Thursday’s debate, Ms Harris told Mr Biden that his past stance against federally-mandating bussing black students to white schools was personally hurtful because she had benefited from that educational opportunity as a little girl.Afterward, some people on social media falsely claimed that Ms Harris couldn’t lay claim to the afflictions of African Americans.President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr retweeted, and then deleted, an alt-right commentator named Ali Alexander, stating: “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.”In sharing that message to his millions of followers, Mr Trump Jr tweeted: “Is this true? Wow.”“This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama,” Ms Adams told The Washington Post. “It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”Two of Ms Harris’s Democratic primary opponents reacted to Trump Jr’s comment.Bernie Sanders tweeted: “Donald Trump Jr is a racist too. Shocker.”South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg wrote: “The presidential competitive field is stronger because Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American experience. Her first-generation story embodies the American dream. It’s long past time to end these racist, birther-style attacks.”Other fringe social media accounts echoed the birtherism conspiracies fuelled by Donald Trump before he was in politics regarding President Barack Obama’s citizenship.Now they are questioning whether Harris was eligible to run for president, calling her an “anchor baby” because she was born in the United States to immigrants.Ms Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father.When she’s asked how she identifies herself, Ms Harris will often say, as “an American.”But recently, she’s leaned in more to what it meant to grow up black in the wake of the civil rights movement – she was born in October 1964, just months after the Civil Rights Act had been signed into law.At a recent campaign event sponsored by Planned Parenthood, Ms Harris spoke about growing up and realising that people treated her mother with less respect because of the colour of her skin.“I remember people looking down at my mother, assuming she was somebody’s housekeeper and treating her like she was a substandard person,” Ms Harris said.“She was a housekeeper, she kept our house, and happened to be a breast cancer researcher. There was an assumption that this woman had no power and should be given no power.”“I realise now that I made a decision at a young age,” she said, “that I’m not going to let anybody do that to anybody else.”Washington Post



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GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claims

GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claimsWASHINGTON (AP) — "Damning evidence" of collusion with Russia. "More than circumstantial." A scandal of a size "beyond Watergate."



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Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacre

Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacreRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has sparked a diplomatic confrontation with Australia and New Zealand over the Christchurch massacre by threatening that anti-Muslim Westerners would be sent home “in coffins” like those killed the Battle of Gallipoli.  The Turkish leader has made the killings in New Zealand a centre-piece of his political campaign ahead of local elections at the end of the month and has been playing footage of the mass killing before crowds at his rallies.    In a speech near the site where thousands of New Zealander and Australian troops were buried after the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, Mr Erdogan said the Christchurch shooter and the First World War soldiers were both motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments.  “Your grandfathers came and saw that we're here. Then some of them walked back, while others left in coffins,” Mr Erdogan said. “If you come with the same intention, we'll be waiting for you.” His comments were met with fury in Australia, where Scott Morrison, the prime minister, summoned Turkey’s ambassador and demanded that Mr Erdogan retract his remarks.  “Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment,” Mr Morrison said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would consider 'all options' in reviewing ties  Credit: Getty "I will wait to see what the response is from the Turkish government before taking further action, but I can tell you that all options are on the table.” Mr Morrison said Australia was reviewing its travel advice for Turkey. Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders are expected in Turkey on April 25 to commemorate Anzac Day, marking the first landings in Gallipoli.  Around 8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 New Zealanders were killed during the disastrous year-long campaign against Ottoman forces, which was overseen by Winston Churchill. Around 130,000 were killed in total on both sides.  Mr Morrison said Mr Erdogan’s comments violated a pledge made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who reportedly said “after having lost their lives on this land [the fallen soldiers] have become our sons as well.” New Zealand mosque massacre – In pictures Mr Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair". Mr Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be travelling to Turkey this week at Istanbul’s request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern told reporters in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Turkey's Vice-President Fuat Oktay (R) and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) speak to the media after visiting Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Credit: Getty Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, said she was dispatching her deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, to Turkey to confront Mr Erdogan’s comments about the massacre which left 50 people dead at the hands of a white supremacist gunman.  “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern said in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Mr Erdogan earlier threatened that if “If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account.” However, in a comment piece in the Washington Post, Mr Erdogan praised Ms Ardern for showing “courage, leadership and sincerity”. He called on all Western leaders to follow her example and "embrace Muslims living in their respective countries”. He also said there was no difference between the hateful ideology of Brenton Tarrant, the mosque gunman, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Mr Erdogan has made a habit of provoking fights with foreign governments ahead of elections as a way of whipping up his base of nationalist voters.  Ahead of a referendum to change Turkey’s constitution in 2017, Mr Erdogan accused Dutch and German ministers of being Nazis. He expelled Israel’s ambassador from Ankara a month before the 2018 presidential elections.  Mr Erdogan often presents himself as a global champion of Muslims facing repression, from the occupied Palestinian territories to western China, where up to 1 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be detained by the Chinese government.  Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Vietnam summit: From fire and fury to love letters, Trump to hold second meeting with North Korea's Kim

Vietnam summit: From fire and fury to love letters, Trump to hold second meeting with North Korea's KimThe road from "fire and fury" to love letters fits a pattern: Donald Trump's dealings with other leaders have a personal touch, even with Kim Jong Un.



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Friday fury: Two blizzards blast Midwest, Southwest; 50 million face flood threat in East

Friday fury: Two blizzards blast Midwest, Southwest; 50 million face flood threat in EastThe USA's weather isn't going quietly into the new year, thanks to a pair of blizzards and a widespread flood threat.



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Friday fury: Two blizzards blast Midwest, Southwest; 50 million face flood threat in East

Friday fury: Two blizzards blast Midwest, Southwest; 50 million face flood threat in EastThe USA's weather isn't going quietly into the new year, thanks to a pair of blizzards and a widespread flood threat.



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Donald Trump, venting fury over budget fight, threatens to close U.S.-Mexico border

Donald Trump, venting fury over budget fight, threatens to close U.S.-Mexico borderDonald Trump threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats refused to budge on wall funding but he didn't spell out how he would do so.



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On a crucial day in Russia probe, Trump unleashes Twitter fury at the world

On a crucial day in Russia probe, Trump unleashes Twitter fury at the worldPresident Trump on Friday unleashed his Twitter fury at Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation hours before new memos from the special counsel's office were due to be filed.



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The Smashed Face of This Statue Symbolizes the Fury of the Paris Protests

The Smashed Face of This Statue Symbolizes the Fury of the Paris ProtestsProtesters raided the world famous Arc de Triomphe over the weekend



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