Vice President Pence Leaves Game After 49ers Players Kneel During Anthem

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence spent more than $200,000 to attend the 49ers-Colts game he left on Sunday after players knelt during the anthem, according to an estimate by CNN.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the Indianapolis Colts' Week 5 matchup Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers to honor the ceremony of Peyton Manning during halftime.

"The president has successfully gone about the business of hijacking the issue", Smith began noting that he's turned a protest against police brutality into a debate about patriotism.

Reports of the staffer's comment to journalists led some to conclude that Pence had planned all along to walk out. Trump tweeted his support of Pence's decision to leave the game Sunday, saying he was "proud".

Meanwhile, Kaepernick is still in pursuit of a team in the National Football League willing to take him on.

And Reid suggests that Pence knew the 49ers had the most players protesting and that chances were high that they would protest this game.

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Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, noted the cost to taxpayers of Pence's gesture.

Shortly thereafter, Pence tweeted a picture of his wife and himself standing beside a member of the military (an image which he subsequently used as his cover photo on his profile).

President Donald Trump has been outspoken about the kneeling protests over the last several weeks. "After nearly a decade it's great to have leaders who have pride in our country again".

"And so this is what systemic oppression looks like", Reid said.

Pence wrote in a tweet that he "will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem" and attached a statement for why he left.

The vice president has faced criticism for the move, with one Indianapolis sports columnist calling it a political stunt. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country". This was later corrected to reflect that Kaepernick did not discuss future plans regarding the national anthem with CBS.

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