Was Mike Pence right to walk out of an NFL game during the national anthem? | The Tylt
Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game after nearly two dozen players from the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem. Many have applauded Pence's decision to leave the game in counter-protest, including President Donald Trump. But others have criticized the Vice President, calling the move a "publicity stunt" that cost taxpayers more than $200,000. What do you think? 🏈
Was Mike Pence right to walk out of an NFL game during the national anthem?
The New York Times reported that at the direction of President Trump, Pence reignited the feud between the Trump administration and the NFL when he decided to walk out of a Colts-49ers game during the national anthem.
The Vice President defended his decision to counter-protest the players kneeling during the national anthem as a gesture of patriotism.
President Trump applauded Pence's protest and confirmed that it was in fact a pre-planned political stunt.
But many immediately criticized the Vice President's decision, pointing to the use of taxpayers dollars to fly to and from Indiana just to show up to a football game for 20 minutes.
According to CNN reporter Kevin Liptak, Air Force 2 costs taxpayers $42,936 an hour to fly—putting the flight's cost at around $200,000. This doesn't even include the additional cost of the Indianapolis hotel room Pence stayed in the night before or the enhanced security at the stadium.
Mike Pence's Political Stunt Trip to the Game Cost $242,000— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) October 9, 2017
$242,000 could have housed & fed 8 homeless vets for an entire year
Others have pointed to the hypocrisy of Pence choosing to protest protesters for protesting while remaining silent on more pressing issues.
Presidents and Vice Presidents are not supposed to PROTEST. They are supposed to LEAD. Mike Pence walking out of a football game in PROTEST of his citizens PROTESTING, is an example of child's play, not of true leadership. This administration continues to divide the nation.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) October 9, 2017
But some are defending Pence. Britt McHenry argues in the Federalist, "the vice president of this country has every right to perceive the protests as disrespect to the flag." McHenry also believes liberals are being hypocritical for claiming the Vice President wasted taxpayer dollars:
Who cares whether Pence stayed for 30 minutes or three hours. It shouldn’t matter how long a government official is in attendance. In fact, an early departure likely means the overall costs are reduced. If you’re going to argue a sporting event is a frivolous expenditure, especially in lieu of Puerto Rico disaster relief, then that’s a reasonable stand. However, Pence is not the first, nor will he be the last, elected official to enjoy a taxpayer-funded trip of athletic leisure.
And others believe Pence did the right thing in making a political statement.
I'm glad he did true Americans always stand we stand with you vice president— marilyn (@SeaMarilyn) October 9, 2017
Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) October 8, 2017
No one will arrest these people for their silly posturing, and we reserve the right to honor the troops that keep that true by refusing to be silent in the face of this kind of disrespect.
Proud you sided with our soldiers.
VP Pence is the best man ever to stand for America and protest the NFL. We got your back.— Penni Hunt (@penniryn) October 9, 2017