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VP Mike Pence leaves an NFL game in protest

Last Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence left an NFL game after the national anthem because members of the football team kneeled during the anthem.

After, Pence posted on social media, “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.”

Wait. What? Dignify? First of all, does Pence really believe he and the President “dignify” events?

Among many things, the President of the United States is a man who claims to grab women by their private parts, he claimed he’d date his daughter and he mocks disabled people. He doesn’t dignify anything.

As for Vice President Pence, his willingness to leave a game because players took a knee, now defines him as a protestor who protested a protest. Or we can call it what it really is and that’s a tantrum.

What baffles me is the unbelievably bold statement the President and Vice President have made to take away funding from veterans.

According to Military Times, the White House’s proposed budget includes $3.6 billion in savings from benefits trims.

If you’ve ever talked to a veteran about their struggles, you’d know they suffer from not being able to get the necessary treatment and services they need from traditional VA hospitals.

Cutting funding is blatant disrespect for those who have fought and sacrificed their lives for this country yet the focus of our Commander-In-Chief and his sidekick, is on a football game and players who silently kneel to protest the anthem’s lie of “justice for all.”

On Monday, the President tweeted, “The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country.” This comes after President Trump called for a boycott of the National Football League.

It appears Trump gave Pence direction on what to do during a protest via his tweet that read, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”

I wonder if Vice President Pence realizes he was used as a public relations stunt for the President and he missed a great time so that his boss could make a point to the NFL and those of us who support players taking a knee.

Overall, Pence’s political grandstand may play well to those who are firm supporters of the President but quite frankly, it was nothing short of a temper tantrum.