President Trump has voiced his displeasure over players in the NFL kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. Trump recommended that those kneeling be fired and called those who sit a “son of a b****.” On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence showed his disdain of the situation by walking out of a NFL game.
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As the National Anthem played at the Indianapolis Colts game, multiple players kneeled during the anthem. Pence, in disgust, walked out. He explained his decision via Twitter after he left.
“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,” he tweeted. “At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us.”
He concluded his lengthy tweet stating he understands everyone has their own opinion but that he believes there’s a time and place to protest.
“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, I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and National Anthem,” Pence wrote.
Trump asked Pence to leave if he saw anyone kneeling during the anthem, he explained on Twitter. The president’s son Eric, went on Twitter as well praising Pence for his decision.
Some insisted that Pence had to know some players were going to kneel and therefore “wasted tax payers’ money” for a “pathetic PR stunt.”
Earlier Sunday morning, Colin Kaepernick, the man who began the movement of kneeling during the anthem to bring notice to racial inequality, said he would stand during the anthem if he was given another opportunity to play in the NFL again.