Pence Issues a Blistering Statement to NFL Players Protesting Anthem After Walking out of NFL Game

| OCT 8, 2017 | 6:26 PM

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Vice President Mike Pence attended an NFL game between his hometown Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers have been regularly protesting during the national anthem. When a number of players took a knee for the anthem, the vice president, who was sitting in the stands with his wife, decided to leave the game.

Pence initially tweeted his decision with a short statement:

He also posted photos of himself and his wife standing for the anthem:

After walking out, Pence released a lengthier statement directing his frustrations at NFL players themselves. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” he said.

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. 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.

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Last month, the vice president had something similar to say at a campaign rally in Alabama:

I stand with President Donald Trump. And I will always stand for our national anthem. We’ve all got a right to our opinions, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask the players in the National Football League to stand for our national anthem.

The reaction to the protest of the protest was mixed in the media.

President Trump had this to say: