From Former Quijgley Supporter:
Jim Oberweis Wraps His Campaign with the Betsy Ross Flag
Given the controversy over NIKE’s sudden halt to its new Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe which featured the Betsy Ross flag, Congressional Candidate Jim Oberweis featured an image of the Betsy Ross flag on its campaign’s Facebook page with the post “Proud to be an American”.
Additionally, Oberweis’ campaign briefly (10 hours) changed its masthead for its Facebook site to an image of the Betsy Ross flag.
Earlier this morning, the masthead was changed back to the U.S. Capitol building.
Through early afternoon, none of the other congressional campaigns had done similar displays of support for the Betsy Ross flag.
Allen Skillicorn has been retweeting members of Congress views on people who objected to the Betsy Ross flag.
Within the NPR article, the following is included as part of the reason NIKE pulled its shoes:
“The historic flag’s basic design was codified in June 1777, when the Continental Congress adopted a resolution calling for a national flag comprising 13 stripes and 13 stars, ‘white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.’
“In recent years, right-wing and extremist groups have attempted to adopt the Betsy Ross flag.
In 2016, supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump displayed it alongside ‘Make America Great Again’ banners at a high school football game, leading a Michigan school superintendent to apologize to anyone who was offended. The official called the flag a symbol of ‘exclusion and hate’.”
There are multiple Independence Day parades across the 14th district. Let’s pray there are no incidents comparable to the Oswego Prairie Fest parade on June 16 with the use of the Betsy Ross flag. One commenter on Oberweis’ Facebook page said they would bring their Betsy Ross flag to march in the parade.CNBC Tweet: https://twitter.com/CNBCClosingBell/status/1146132893892259841