Trump Told Pence To Walk Out On Football Game Over Anthem Protests

“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen,” said President Trump, on Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the Colts game, in which Peyton Manning’s number was to be retired, as a celebration of the renowned quarterback’s contributions to Pence’s home state of Indiana, of which Pence is also a former governor.

He abruptly left, however, after the national anthem because of a protest by between 15 and 23 members of the San Francisco 49ers team, where members of the Colts meanwhile stood for the anthem with their arms linked.

Pence said: “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. 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. 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 our National Anthem.”

Former 49ers player, Colin Kaepernick, has stated that he would now stand for the anthem, if he were signed by an NFL team, because he does not want the increasing politicization of his protest to detract from the positive message he was hoping to deliver regarding police brutality against African Americans. Other NFL players have repeatedly emphasized that their demonstrations during the anthem are not meant to disparage the flag, or American veterans.

Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, said: “Beauty is, it’s a free country so they can choose to do it or not. The messaging towards this unfortunately needs to continue to be redirected, I think. It’s never been about the national anthem. It’s never been about the military. We’re all patriotic in the locker room. We love our troops. This is about something bigger than that — an invitation to show unity in the face of some divisiveness from the top in this country and I’m proud of our guys.”
Doesn’t it seem like Trump, Pence and their cronies are trying to spin the NFL protests in a way that is disingenuous?Comment yes and share if you’re sick of Trump and Pence labeling Colin Kaepernick and the athletes he inspired as anti-flag and anti-veteran!

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