Pence leaves NFL game after players kneel during anthem
Vice President Mike Pence decided to show up at a NFL football game yesterday for about 45 seconds, and in a moment of mock outrage left as fast as he came when players knelt during the national anthem.
The public hissy fit happened when the San Francisco 49ers (Colin Kaepernick’s former team) and Pence’s home state Indianapolis Colts played on Sunday, in what some feel to be the most staged act of outrage ever witnessed.
It should’ve come as no surprise to the Vice President that some players would kneel during the anthem, just as others continue to link arms in solidarity after Trump proclaimed that any “son of a bitch” disrespecting the flag should be thrown out of the stadium.
During the anthem Pence stood, as is his right, but upon seeing players kneel promptly bolted then immediately tweeted about the incident, leaving most calling bullshit on his intentions.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience...— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
...now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us...— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
NFL players around the country have chosen to kneel as peaceful protest against police brutality, systematic racism, and inequality directed towards black Americans. Kaepernick stated previously, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” saying that his protests would continue until he felt, “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent.”
Pence’s tweet read in part, “While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect our Flag and our National Anthem,” but his actions left many feeling like he had no tolerance if those opinions are expressed in a way he doesn’t agree with. Maybe, just maybe, the office of the President should be offended by other, more pressing issues.
Hi @VP Mike Pence, Nazis marched again yesterday in Virgina. Yeah, they killed a woman last time out & maimed folks. But those knees, right?
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 8, 2017
NFL players kneel during national anthem, Mike Pence walks out of game in protest.
The KKK march in Charlottesville, the @VP says NOTHING.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 8, 2017
In summary: Mike Pence & Trump wasted tax payer dollars for a political stunt in a disgraceful attempt to further divide Americans & rile their base to be mad at black football players.
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 8, 2017
Do you know what a real leader would do at the Colts game?
He would have spoken with these men & heard their concerns
Mike Pence just left pic.twitter.com/1s4kONxuz4
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 8, 2017
For his part, Trump has stated his criticism of the NFL and its players had “nothing” to do with race, which leaves many concluding he (and many others) have either not taken the time to actually understand that his “American experience” is in vast contrast to many people of color or he simply doesn’t care. Apparently, he also preemptively told Pence to leave if what they expected to happen, actually happened.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
After Pence’s tweets, it is becoming clearer (if anyone needed clarification) that his publicity stunt was planned in advance to fan the flames of division. Vaughn Hillyard of NBC News reported that the press following Pence to the event “never even left their vans to enter the stadium,” according to Mashable.
The media pool was kept in the vans ahead of the game instead of being led in with VPOTUS. https://t.co/NXIFZCp3fb
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) October 8, 2017
It left others wondering just how much money was wasted to try to prove his point:
gotta wonder how much it cost to secure an NFL stadium for a sitting Vice President so he could prove a point by walking out early https://t.co/hKVak9pUMR
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) October 8, 2017
After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt? https://t.co/R4SFCTCMUJ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 8, 2017
Wonder if all those protesting kneeling during the anthem are standing at attention in living rooms and bars all across America every single time the anthem plays — out of respect for what they believe in, of course.