President Donald Trump has made no secret of his displeasure over the ongoing NFL national anthem protests. Recently, Vice President Mike Pence showed his distaste as well.
According to the President’s Twitter account, he told Vice President Pence to leave this weekend’s Indianapolis Colts game if players protested. When they did, Mr. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence left the game.
@VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen,” Trump wrote.
Prior to leaving the game, both Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence were photographed standing for the national anthem.
On the field, a far less respectful display took place. Players for the San Francisco 49ers took a knee, while several Colts players wore black t-shirts which read “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back.
Following his walkout, Vice President Pence tweeted out numerous explanations for his decision.
“I stand with
@POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”
Also, Pence clarified his opinions by tweeting: “I left today’s Colts game because
@POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”
Such displays of simple patriotism are at odds with the increasingly bellicose nature of the far-Left media, especially the sports media. ESPN, along with CBS, ABC, CNN, and others have made virtual martyrs out of the protesting athletes, who make far more money than most American politicians and way more than members of the American military or law enforcement.
The media has convinced the players themselves that their protest is for equality, but the original protester, Colin Kaepernick, was always open about the fact that his protest was about what he considered to be racial grievances, police brutality, and America’s deep-seated racism.
Today, Kaepernick is singing a different tune. He recently told the media that he would stand for the national anthem if a team in the NFL hired him.
As for the shirts worn by the Colts, the message is somewhat nonsensical. “Equality” for what? “Opportunity” for what? If this is all about police brutality or police shootings, then these players are sadly misinformed. Blacks comprise 13 percent of the population, but are involved in over 50 percent of the nation’s homicides. Black homicide victims are murdered by other blacks 93 percent of the time.
The Trump administration models respect for our flag and anthem. Isn’t this important for them to do?
Police officers use less lethal force in majority black areas, despite the fact that blacks are statistically more likely to kill a police officer than other ethnic groups. Additionally, whites and Hispanics are more likely to die at the hands of police than blacks. Do the players really want parity in these numbers?
Vice President Pence should be congratulated for taking a stand against the NFL and its disrespectful athletes. Many millions of everyday Americans are waking up to the NFL’s politicization, and are deciding to turn their TVs off. Many millions more might stop buying NFL gear or going to the games.
Patriotism is more important to Americans than loyalty to a sports franchise.