WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Vice President Mike Pence went to an NFL game between 49ers and Colts but did not stay to watch it.
- The veep arrived and left the stadium with his wife, Karen after 23 members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.
- VP Pence joined President Trump in his concerns regarding players’ “disrespect” of the flag and the country.
VP Pence is a former governor of Indiana and hoped to watch a football game in his home-state Indianapolis Colts. But after players of the opposing team, the 49ers kneeled for the national anthem, Pence walked out of the stadium.
He turned to Twitter to explain what happened. “I left today’s Colts game because [President Trump] and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”
“At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience…now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us…” he tweeted.
“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with [President] Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”
President Donald Trump responded with, “I asked [Vice President] Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and [Second Lady] Karen.”
Eric, Trump’s son, joined the Twitter series with his own post: “Vice President Pence is truly an amazing man! Thank you for standing up for our country and for the respect of our great flag!”
Rumors are circulating that VP Pence showed up to the game with every intention to immediately leave. He already had an idea that the 49ers would kneel during the national anthem.