PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It appears the art of the meme is not lost on one senator.
Last week, Nike released its latest line of “Just Do It” advertisements, featuring athletes across many major sports, including one who doesn’t currently play.
The choice of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who famously protested police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the pregame National Anthem in the 2016 season, drew reactions from everyone across the political spectrum, including President Donald Trump.
Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
The advertisement eventually developed into a meme on social media. Donald Trump Jr. used it to “fix” Nike’s original advertisement not once, but twice.
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Merkley joined in with his own version of the meme.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Merkley confirmed to KOIN 6 News that the meme’s text was created by Merkley.
You can view the original Kaepernick advertisement here.