When Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the NFL 49ers game, conservative supporters hailed the move as the greatest play in the history of football. What they don’t realize, however, is that Pence’s visit to the game was most likely a huge publicity stunt that will come out of the pockets of taxpayers.
That’s not just a Democratic, far-left, snowflake observation, either. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to Twitter and let it be known he believed Pence’s visit and quick departure was simply a publicity stunt. He tweeted:
‘Don’t let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers.’
A professional football game may not cost millions of dollars for the average person; however, after figuring in travel, security, planning, etc… it’s easily a whopper of a bill for the taxpayers to pick up.
Murphy was not the only one who felt it was simply a publicity stunt. Eric Reid, 49ers safety, spoke out on Pence’s exit calling it a publicity stunt and went as far as to call it an attempt at “systemic oppression.”
What’s sad is that this publicity stunt was simply to intimidate others to stand up and respect a flag they don’t feel represents them at all. The original reasoning behind the protest was to protest police brutality against black men and women throughout the country. However, the people who needed to hear the protests the most completely missed the point and whitewashed it into an issue of freedom of speech – one that’s already been decided upon by the Supreme Court. Even former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia voted to uphold flag burning back in 1989 remarking:
‘If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag. But I am not king.’
We can’t say we have a lot of love for Scalia, but the irony that he ruled that way in 1989 is too much to handle.
Most on Twitter agreed with Sen. Murphy that Pence’s appearance and disappearance was simply a publicity stunt. You can check out the responses below.
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