Vice President Mike Pence’s Sunday was ruined.
The Indiana native went to the Colts’ game to watch his team and honor Peyton Manning who was fêted with a bronze statue.
But things quickly went south when players on the opposing San Francisco 49ers knelt during the National Anthem.
Pence was perturbed by the anti-American act, so he left the game.
NFL anthem protests have cost the league fans of every race, color, creed, and political affiliation. On Sunday, those protests also cost them the Vice President of the United States.
Pence was in his home state of Indiana, to watch the Colts take on the visiting San Francisco 49ers. During the playing of the national anthem, all Colts players stood and showed respect for the flag. However, several 49ers did not, and protested during the playing of the song.
Pence tweeted this statement:
“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.”
Nor is it likely that Pence’s decision to leave the game was an easy call, from this tweet sent out Sunday morning, it’s clear that Pence is a big fan:
Looking forward to cheering for our @Colts & honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at @LucasOilStadium today. Go Colts!
As expected, the leftist media had a conniption over Pence’s quick exit. They called it a disrespectful stunt.
Fox Sports 1’s Shannon Sharpe said Monday that Vice President Mike Pence walking out on the San Francisco 49ers-Indianapolis Colts game after players knelt for the national anthem was “staged” and a “mockery of the presidency.”
“We can agree that it was staged,” Sharpe said on “Undisputed.” “It was so horribly done that first-graders could have done a better job of pretending than what he did.”
“He went there with the sole purpose of leaving because he knew there would be some players from the 49ers that would kneel. So, he left Vegas, came to Indy to walk out after 30 minutes to fly back to L.A., but that’s not his money, that’s our money,” he explained. “I’m done with that. He was a phony and I thought he was the sane one in the White House, but what they’re turning this into is a mockery of the presidency.”
It’s hilarious that someone on the left would talk about fiscal responsibility. They can’t spend other people’s money fast enough.
To the left, kneeling for the National Anthem is heroic, but being patriotic isn’t. They can’t understand how the vice president of the United States of America might actually believe in the flag and the anthem.