Vice President Mike Pence normally doesn’t post rants on Twitter — he leaves that to his boss. However, something in him snapped when he attended the Colts-49ers game in Indianapolis on Sunday and witnessed dozens of players protesting during the national anthem.
Pence ended up leaving the game early following the protests, and he posted the following statement on Twitter explaining his decision:
‘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.’
Shortly after sharing the above statement, Pence also posted a photo of himself and his wife, Karen, standing with their hands over their hearts during the national anthem.
‘We were proud to stand – with all our @Colts – for our soldiers, our flag, and our National Anthem’
Pence may have been trying to make a point with that photo, but it actually ended up backfiring on him. Pence’s Twitter followers couldn’t help but notice that he was wearing a different outfit in the above photo than in the photo he shared earlier on Sunday.
Prior to his Twitter meltdown, Pence posted another photo, which can be seen below, of himself and his wife in which they’re both wearing Colts gear.
Pence shared the same photo in 2014.
After realizing that Pence recycled the photo, a number of people have returned to the 2014 tweet to call him out.
Pence’s recycled picture isn’t the only thing he has to worry about after his Twitter tantrum. He’s also facing rumors that he and President Trump staged Sunday’s walkout. Trump tweeted shortly after Pence left the game:
‘I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.’
Featured image via Joe Raedle/Getty Images.