Who Cares if Vice President Pence’s Walkout Was a Stunt?

Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 12, 2017. File photo. Tom Brenner/The New York Times, Copyright 2017 The New York Times.

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:

President Donald Trump said he asked his VP to leave the game if anyone took to activism during the anthem:

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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

Related posts

Top

Send this to friend

Skip to toolbar