On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife attended an NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis between his home state Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.
Well, he attended a few minutes of pre-game festivities, anyway, because he walked out in protest after some 20 players from the combined teams took a knee during the national anthem.
Pence then tweeted out several clearly-not-written-hours-before-the-game tweets expressing his outrage at players kneeling, which obviously took him totally by surprise (insert eye-roll emoji):
Palmer report explains how the entire thing was a publicity stunt that wasted hundreds of thousands taxpayer dollars.
Pence is confirmed to have been in Las Vegas last night, according to the Los Angeles Times (link). He’s also scheduled to arrive in California tonight, according to PBS News (link). This means he clocked around four thousand extra air miles just to attend a football game. Considering the cost involved in the vice president’s travels, including his security detail and other factors, it’s a certainty that Pence burnt up at least six figures worth of taxpayer money. This would have been an abuse even if he had been planning to simply enjoy the game. But now we know that he was never planning to stay at the game.
One of Mike Pence’s staffers admitted that Pence had been planning all along to bail on the game, according to NBC News (link). Donald Trump then tweeted that he had asked Pence to leave the game if anyone took a knee (link). Considering that the San Francisco 4
9ers were the road team in this game, and that several of their players always take a knee, it was a certainty that it would happen again today. Pence knew he’d be walking out on the game before he even got there.
Clearly, Mike Pence’s walkout was nothing more than a staged stunt that was planned from the start, and you can bet Donald Trump was behind it. It’s how narcissism works.
Mike Pence also sent out a lengthy prepared statement almost immediately after walking out of the game, which had clearly been written in advance:
This is not leadership. This is not presidential. At all. How about instead of a poorly planned and executed culture war against the NFL, we have a presidential administration that helps hurricane recovery, takes healthcare more seriously than just simply reversing Obama’s policies out of spite, and quits lying to the American people with every word they say.
I miss actual leadership in the White House.