Vice President Pence won’t sit for NFL players taking a knee.
Pence on Sunday said he walked out of a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after players once again kneeled in protest during the national anthem.
“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,” Pence tweeted.
“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.”
Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem on Oct. 8.
He also posted a photo of him and his wife standing for the anthem.
Earlier, the former Indiana governor had tweeted a cheerful selfie from Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and said he was “looking forward to cheering” for his hometown team.
About 20 members of the 49ers took a knee during the anthem before Sunday’s game — continuing a protest that is now becoming an NFL tradition after Trump condemned it.
The kneeling protest was started last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he was protesting police brutality against black people.
It became a minor trend in the sports world, but exploded in the past month after Trump spoke out against it and said the NFL shouldn’t allow its players to protest the anthem.
His remarks led to members from every NFL team taking a knee before recent games, while Trump waged a Twitter-fueled feud with the league that stretched more than a week. Trump inaccurately portrayed the protest as opposition to the American flag and military.
Ironically, Pence’s protest boycott came the same day that Kaepernick, who was not drafted this season, announced that he will stand for the anthem if the NFL recruits him again.