Vice President Mike Pence made waves on Sunday by walking out of an Indianapolis Colts game after several San Francisco 49ers players opted to protest the National Anthem during the playing of the song.
Pence took to Twitter to blast the NFL players involved in the protest for their unpatriotic behavior, reaffirming his commitment to the American flag and the National Anthem.
“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, 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 wrote.
“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,” Pence concluded.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
President Donald Trump later took to Twitter to write: “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
The “kneeling during the National anthem” craze began last year when Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback for the 49ers, pulled of the controversial move in protest of police killings of black men. The trend has only grown this season, with dozens of players across multiple teams kneeling during the anthem –- much to the chagrin of Trump.