There’s obviously much debate on Vice President Mike Pence’s walking out of the Indianapolis Colts football game on Sunday. Some are praising his defense of our national anthem and some are calling it an expensive political stunt. Now, look in fairness this was a PR stunt, the Vice President was making a statement of his own. Pence essentially said to football players you want to kneel and make a statement then I’m coming to your game and if you kneel I’m going to make a statement.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said on Sunday that it was “a multi-million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers.” “Don’t let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi-million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers,” Murphy tweeted.
Murphy was quick to respond after Pence made the announcement that he had left the Colts game early in protest against football players who took a knee during the national anthem. His comment came along with a retweet of a post by journalist Sung Min Kim. Kim showed a side-by-side comparison of two seemingly identical photos of Pence and his wife at a Colts game. One of the photos was supposedly a present photo and the other one that was posted several years earlier. But the photos seemed identical. The controversy fed online speculation that the whole event was just a staged political stunt.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington watchdog group, took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize Pence’s walkout.
“CAN WE JUST MAKE IT THROUGH A WEEKEND WITHOUT THIS ADMINISTRATION ABUSING TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITH JET TRAVEL!?” the organization tweeted.
They drew attention to the recent fallout in the Trump team regarding officials facing scrutiny over the cost of government travel. Secretary Tom Price just resigned over the cost of traveling in a private jet instead of flying commercial.
Sen. Chris Murphy has become one of the most vocal critics of Republicans on Capitol Hill. Following the horrific violence at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last week, he called on Congress to “get off its ass and do something” on gun control.
What do you think about Pence’s walkout? Should he have taken this stand? Should he not have traveled to the game? Did he do the right thing?
Credit: The Hill