Count Vice President Mike Pence as among the many of us who are refusing to sit for a game in which the players won’t stand for the national anthem.
The former Indiana governor was in attendance at today’s Indianapolis Colt game to watch his home team play the San Francisco 49ers and to pay tribute to one of the Colt’s greatest players, Peyton Manning.
However, Mr. Pence’s stay at the game did not last long. In fact, it only lasted until the end of the national anthem, during which many 49ers knelt.
“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 said in a statement.
“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.”
The NFL protest and Vice President Pence’s response to it came as no surprise to the White House. In fact, President Trump tweeted that Mr. Pence’s and the Second Lady’s walkout was per his request:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
The vice-presidential protest against the NFL protest came at a time when the NFL is being battered for what many see as inappropriate social activism.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Over just one month of player, coach, and owner protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America’s sport to the least liked of top professional and college sports, according to a new poll.
From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets
Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty stadium seats, the month of protests and complaints about them from President Trump drove core fans, men 34-54, away, the most significant indicator that NFL brass aren’t in touch with their base.
While the NFL may have lost touch with its base, the same can rarely be said about President Trump. The president always knows exactly how to speak to the people who support him, as today’s action by Vice President Pence clearly demonstrates.