Vice President Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to "dignify" the demonstration.This is, of course, bullshit because the protest isn't about anything near what Pence said it was about.
"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," Pence wrote on Twitter.
This is what Colin Kaepnernick actually said about his refusal to stand during the National Anthem:
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."And then there's this part from an different interview:
I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.And in a response his team at the time, the 49ers, issued this statement:
The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.Bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.
None of which is untrue.
So the Colts are playing the 49ers - Kaepernicks old team doncha know - and before hand the little handed pussy grabber instructed Pence to leave "if" some players kneeled.
This was a stunt from the beginning:
Yes, all that money for a racist strawman argument.Don't let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers. https://t.co/ntnuOmIX1c— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 9, 2017
This is the America we live in now.