On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence attended the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts, the latter team being his “home team.”
The 49ers are the team that first, through their now former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, popularized the peaceful protest that has so irked the White House, of taking a knee during the pre-game national anthem as a way to stick up for African Americans. Especially with this fact in mind, it’s not exactly surprising that, before Sunday’s game with Pence in attendance, a number of 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.
After the playing of the national anthem, during which those players took a knee, Vice President Pence left the game. In a statement issued following his departure, he slammed the actions of those players who took a knee as supposedly disrespecting our nation’s soldiers and so on and so forth.
That’s not where the story ends, however. As mentioned, considering the circumstances, it’s not exactly surprising that some players knelt during the anthem. The president himself tweeted following Pence’s departure that it was his suggestion for him to leave the game upon players taking a knee.
Thus, the question emerges — was this whole thing nothing more than a pre-planned stunt?
NBC’s Peter Alexander has provided details that lend to the perception that yes, it was nothing more than a pre-planned stunt.
First, he tweeted that the VP’s press pool was told to stay behind in their van because “there may be an early departure from the game.”
Appearing on NBC, he explained that the circumstances surrounding the Vice President attending the game do not lend to the perception that his departure from the game was anything more than an expensive stunt.
‘The vice president was just in Las Vegas speaking about the desire for unity in this country… Then he flew last night in Indianapolis with the sole purpose of going to this football game… right now, he’s already on a plane in route to Los Angeles for a political fundraiser… the bottom line is, is the vice president as a government official allowed to use taxpayer money to fly into a place like Indiana for what many people view as a political stunt?’
Indeed; the vice president has, in short, literally been busted using government resources to attack the National Football League.
What have we come to as a nation?
Watch Alexander’s comments on NBC below.
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