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VP Pence exits game after anthem protest

10 October 2017
VP Pence exits game after anthem protest

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday after several players on the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the singing of the national anthem.

Pence, a former governor of IN, returned to his home state to attend a ceremony honoring former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, whose uniform number was retired.

It was not the first time Pence found himself caught in the middle of a show of defiance at an entertainment venue.

"As NFL players, we have a platform", they said.

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.

The president also wrote in the tweet that he had asked Pence to leave if any players knelt in protest.

Trump later tweeted that he asked Pence to leave on the grounds that the player's actions are "disrespecting our country".

Over the past several weeks, hundreds of National Football League players have opted to kneel instead of stand for the US anthem at games, in protest against racial violence in America. According to ESPN, the Colts wore black t-shirts affirming a commitment to "equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, and opportunity", and stood with arms locked during the anthem, rather than with the traditionally reverent hand-on-heart gesture. The vice president rose to his feet for the national anthem, but after seeing members of the 49ers team take a knee he walked out of the stadium.

"This is what systemic oppression looks like", Reid said. "He knew that we were probably going to do it again", Reid said. "A man with power comes to a game, he tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts".

In between, the former IN governor flew to Indianapolis.

Televangelist James Robison said it's not "just the American flag and the National Anthem that's being abused and dishonored, it's actually freedom itself".

A few minutes later, Donald Trump was awarded the decision of Mike Pence.

The movement gained momentum when U.S. President Donald Trump made comments suggesting any player protesting was a "son of a bitch" and should be fired.