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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey celebrates Nike days after deriding company flag flap



Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey spotted a prime opportunity to move up his base.

The Republican head of state and ally of President Donald Trump derided Nike for bowling "to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism" patriotic sneakers featuring a colonial-era flag that has recently been co-opted by white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux clan.

The recall was reportedly made under pressure from spokesman and classic Trump target Colin Kaepernick. 19659002] Ducey vowed to pull state incentives for a new Nike plant in Goodyear, Arizona as part of nine-tweet rant claiming " we don't need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation's history. ”

Ducey's about-face

Two days later, Ducey was spotted at a barbecue 4 wearing Nikes.

On Thursday he welcomed the company with open arms irmation from the state's commerce authority that would build the goodyear plant.

So, about that outrage

Maybe the July 4 decision to wear Nike wasn't so much a decision as it was a product of habit or slipping on 26 PHOTOS

Colin Kaepernick through his career [19659014] See Gallery

LAS VEGAS – OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 10 of the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack celebrates with fans after defeating the UNLV Rebels 44-26 at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

December 30, 2008: Nevada Wolf Pack Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (10) at the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl held at Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID. (Photo by Steve Conner / Icon SMI / Icon Sports Media via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

MOBILE, AL – JANUARY 29: Colin Kaepernick # 10 of the North Team scrambles out of the pocket while taking the South Team during the fourth quarter of the Under Armor Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images for Under Armor)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 12: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers defends as his team plays the New Orleans Saints during their pre season game at Louisiana Superdome on August 12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball from the pocket against the San Diego Chargers during their preseason NFL Game on September 1, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws before a game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – DECEMBER 09: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers runs down the field between plays during their game against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park on December 9, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after running in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 20: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers hugs a teammate as they celebrate in the locker room after the 49ers defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in The NFC Championship at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers answers questions on his tattoos during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana .. (George Bridges / MCT via Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 03: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans , Louisiana. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Professional football player / presenter Colin Kaepernick attends the Third Annual Hall of Game Awards hosted by Cartoon Network at Barker Hangar on February 9, 2013 in Santa Monica , California. 23270_002_SK_0224.JPG (Photo by Stefanie Keenan / WireImage)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 08: Colin Kaepernick at the San Francisco 49ers runs onto the field for their preseason NFL game against the Denver Broncos at Candlestick Park on August 8 , 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 25: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers scrambles away from the rush of Fred Evans # 90 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at Candlestick Park on August 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 26: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas / Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 20, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt / Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 20, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee . (Photo by Ronald C. Modra / Sports Imagery / Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 19: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after release to the Seattle Seahawks 23-17 during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 02: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the St. Louis Rams during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to facing the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

September 20, 2015: San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) [16242] in action during a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire / Corbis via Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to playing the Baltimore Ravens in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 27: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers fires the team on the field before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the 49ers 31-24. (Photo by Michael Zagaris / San Francisco 49ers / Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 24: Colin Kaepernick # 7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 1: Eric Reid # 35, Colin Kaepernick # 7 and Eli Harold # 58 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. (Photo by Michael Zagaris / San Francisco 49ers / Getty Images)




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Was this really bad?

But this tweet on Thursday. There is no way around that. Ducey's message was a conscious, clear, active decision to welcome the company so virulently lashed out at just days ago.

It made one wonder or mention of his prior outrage.

It makes one wonder. [19659002] Maybe Ducey did not have anything to do with Nike

Maybe he just wanted to look like he was.

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