Who Cares if Vice President Pence’s Walkout Was a Stunt?
On Sunday Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a 49’ers/Colts football game after several of the former team took a knee during the national anthem.
Pence left right after the anthem was completed, and posted this to Twitter:
I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
President Donald Trump said he asked his VP to leave the game if anyone took to activism during the anthem:
I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
Now the Trump/Pence critics are deriding the whole thing as a stunt. A political maneuver. To hear them tell it, Pence went to the game expecting to leave.
Maybe that’s true, and so what if it is?
If Pence intended to make a statement about those taking a knee, how is that any different from those taking the knee in the first place?
If what Pence did was a stunt, so is taking a knee during the national anthem.
The players are making their statement. They have little right to complain about the Vice President making his.