A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced that he had left Sunday’s NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts after several 49ers players knelt in protest during the National Anthem, reactions from the sports and entertainment worlds were decidedly unfavorable. The gist: Pence is a hollow excuse for a leader who flew all the way to Indianapolis—at great taxpayer expense—just to make a premeditated display of his and Donald Trump’s displeasure over black athletes calling attention to oppression.
Pence tweeted after the game that he “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” echoing Trump’s remarks a few weeks ago that NFL teams should cut any player who takes a knee during the anthem. Pence had flown from Las Vegas to Indianapolis for the game, then to Los Angeles. CNN estimated that the total cost of the excursion was about $242,500.
After the game, 49ers safety Eric Reid called Pence’s anti-protest protest a “PR stunt,” since Pence presumably knew that members of the 49ers would kneel during the anthem, as they have all season.
On Monday, rapper Killer Mike jumped into the fray, calling out Pence for his moral relativism when it comes to upholding the U.S. Constitution. “I wonder if he knows he and the soldiers I respect and value swear to uphold that constitution and not simply be propaganda agents for the state,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
He closed his thoughts with: “I hope we send his religious nut ass back home to relish in his false understanding of what this country is and we never see him on a national stage again.”
I wonder how he feels about the constitution. ???????????The document that contains the principles this republic is founded on. The 1st being #FreeSpeech. Free speech is what protects this and any protest. The constitution that guards against Tyranny like the state abusing and denying citizens full rights. U know the stuff that prompted the kneel. The kneel is to bring awareness to the public that officers of the law are playing Judge, Jury and executioner therefore denying Americans Citizens their constitutional rights becuz they are a racial minority. I wonder if he knows he and the soldiers I respect and value swear to uphold that constitution and not simply be propaganda agents for the state. He loves religion to much to hold public office in my opinion and he shows that he cares nothing for our republic by not honoring the constitutional rights of its citizens. I’m glad he left that event because he cheapened it with his presence. God speed on our next election. I hope we send his religious nut ass back home to relish in his false understanding of what this country is and we never see him on a national stage again. ????
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