VP Mike Pence Uses National Anthem Kneeling Controversy As a Blatant PR Stunt

With faux indignation, Vice President Mike Pence left and NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, after several members of the 49ers knelt during the national anthem.

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VP Mike Pence Uses National Anthem Kneeling Controversy As a Blatant PR Stunt

With faux indignation, Vice President Mike Pence left an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, after several members of the 49ers knelt during the national anthem. He said in a Tweet, which has apparently become the preferred method that the White House has to communicate with the public, the Vice President said he would not “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or Our National Anthem”. Oh Please! Spare us the bullshit, Pence!

Later President Donald Trump, not to be outdone on Twitter, tweeted that he had asked the Vice President to leave the game. Which one was it? Did the Vice President leave on his own accord or was he following orders from Donald Trump? They can’t have it both ways.

Many people, including myself, think this thing smells pretty bad and is probably a lie or at least a distraction from the real issues that have confronted the Trump administration lately. Since I have been watching what has been unfolding on news lately about the Trump administration, I would be willing to bet the latter is true. This thing is nothing more than a distraction.

I say this because several things don’t quite add up here. Vice President Mike Pence, like President Trump, usually travels with an entourage of reporters and other press people. This time he did not. His usual press entourage was mysteriously missing. Could this be because Mike Pence had no intention of staying at the game and his abrupt departure was preplanned? I’m willing to bet it is!

Once again the Trump administration, this time through Mike Pence, is making the ludicrous and unfounded claim that protesting during the national anthem is somehow disrespectful to our soldiers, even though many veterans disagree and say that they thought for the preservation of the US Constitution which guarantees people in the freedom to express themselves. I happen to agree with them.

Lately, as most people who follow the news, know that several members of the Trump administration have been found guilty of using public funds to pay for their own personal travel expenses. One member of the Trump cabinet even went so far as to try using public funds pay for his honeymoon. It makes me wonder if these tickets to this football game that Mike Pence attended were even paid for by taxpayers dollars.

Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania.

I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79.

I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts.

I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.