Ted Cruz starts boycott of ‘rich spoiled athletes’ who protest during anthem

Sen. Ted Cruz is getting in touch with his inner activist. The Texas Republican called for a boycott of the shoes, shirts and jerseys promoted by athletes who protest during the national anthem, a trend started last month when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to call attention to racial inequality. He tweeted:

“Here’s a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag.”

Other pro athletes have since used the anthem to make similar statements, though their exact intent is unclear: Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist, and several Miami Dolphins players knelt during the anthem at games this Sunday.