VP Pence Leaves Colts Game Because Of Anthem Protests

VP Pence Leaves Colts Game Because Of Anthem Protests

VP Pence Leaves Colts Game Because Of Anthem Protests

Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of IN, took IN the game IN his home state but left after players knelt during the national anthem.

In the National Football League, some players are choosing to kneel, rather than stand, when the anthem is played before games as a form of demonstration at police violence against African Americans.

Pence, the former IN governor, had attended the game to watch a ceremony honouring former Colts great Peyton Manning scheduled for half-time, but chose to leave after the anthems. Colts players wore T-shirts drawing attention to equality and justice and stood with their arms locked during the anthem.

The result was a second wave of protests, in which the number of players kneeling or otherwise using the anthem to protest exploded.

Pence tweeted a statement saying he left the stadium because, "I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem".

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Pence, who has gone out of his way to demonstrate loyalty to Trump, said in his statement it was important to rally around the flag and things that unite the country.

Pence used to taxpayer money to fly to Indianapolis just so that he could leave in a fake protest over players protesting during the national anthem. He also attended May's Indianapolis 500, a family tradition.

"I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country". He said he was proud of Pence and his wife, Karen.

The comments sparked swift backlash from some players, coaches, and owners, many of whom have continued to kneel during the anthem. "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem".

Co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin, tweeted: "How much aid could've gone to hurricane victims instead of Pence going to a football game that no one wanted him at in the first place?"

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