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Michael Flynn Jr. drops the worst meme of the Kaepernick-Nike ad
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It’s pretty good.
Michael Flynn Jr., son of President Donald Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser General Michael Flynn, may have produced the finest Colin Kaepernick-Nike ad meme yet.
The ad, created by Nike, became an outrageous meme this week after Nike announced that Kaepernick would be one of several sports stars featured in its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign.
Outraged conservatives, still thorny about the football player’s protest against racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, first ran a #BoycottNike campaign and then began reworking the simple ad concept. It wasn’t long before the left were at it too.
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the tagline, useful for all kinds of ironic deployment, reads.
Enter Flynn Jr. who is set on riding this trend out to rally some sympathy and support for his father.
On Wednesday morning, he posted this sincerely crafted piece:
— Michael Flynn Jr⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@mflynnJR) September 5, 2018
The internet, however, in its own dark way, celebrated it for its irony.
Flynn, the first Trump campaign associate charged by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian officials.
Almost immediately, as expected, there was a Russian iteration of Flynn Jr.’s meme.
Ask and ye shall receive: pic.twitter.com/rRM22iXJM7
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) September 5, 2018
Meanwhile, the rest of the thread of tweets beneath the meme is a growing pile-on of vitriol as users jump at the chance to blast Flynn Jr. and his dad a “traitor.”
Because if the meme is about believing in something, what is Flynn saying? That his dad believed in Trump enough to lie to the FBI? That his dad believed in Trump enough to commit a felony?
lol yeah he believed in something called unregistered foreign agent money. Sacrificed everything for it.
Good meme, jr, try another one but with Benedict Arnold this time
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) September 5, 2018
“Lie to the FBI. Even if it means going to jail. Just do it.” – Mike Flynn
— Too Tall (@2Tall2Furious) September 5, 2018
Naw man. Your old man sacrificed everything because he lost faith in America, lost faith in Democracy, lost faith in his family, lost faith in his leadership and lost his sense of self so became a toy for Putin and Trump. He looks to be trying to do right now. Let him.
— Chris “Cal” Carnahan (@xtrixcyclex) September 5, 2018
We’ll never know.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.