In the latest escalation of America's culture wars, US vice president Mike Pence walked out of a National Football League (NFL) game in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday after almost two dozen players kneeled in protest during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
President Donald Trump has criticized National Football League players for staging those protests related to the shooting of unarmed black men, and Pence was standing in solidarity with the President.
Donald Trump later tweeted claiming that he told Pence to leave if any players disrespected the flag and our country. NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard tweeted that the media pool was kept in vans and was not allowed to follow Pence into the stadium.
Ignoring the fact that the kneeling protests are not about that, Pence has to think that the American people are stupid as hell if he thinks anyone will believe that this wasn't the plan all along. This was orchestrated to make a point? "That's not an low-priced thing to do", Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz tweeting, "Wait".
The former IN governor flew IN to Indianapolis so he could watch Peyton Manning's jersey retirement ceremony. Pence attended the game, but then abruptly left because the players knelt during the National Anthem.
"With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year old photo of him at a Colts game so with the information I have the last time he was at a Colts game was three years ago". "Amen. After nearly a decade it's great to have leaders who have pride in our country again", he wrote.
"This is PR", Reid said.
Mike Pence's political stunt at the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday was an expensive one.
It "takes a lot to get that man's blood boiling", she said of the vice president.
"It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel".