Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were in their home state of Indiana over the weekend and decided to take in an Indianapolis Colts game, presumably looking forward to the special ceremony retiring the jersey number of former star Hall of Fame-bound quarterback Peyton Manning.
However, Pence felt compelled to leave the game early, right after the playing of the national anthem, in response to a significant number of visiting players from the San Francisco 49ers taking a knee in protest during the anthem and display of the American flag.
The VP took to Twitter shortly thereafter with an explanation of his principled actions and stated neither he nor President Donald Trump would “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem.”
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
Pence caught quite a bit of flak from the liberal media and assorted leftists on social media for his stance and decision to leave the game before it even really got started, but at least one Hollywood celebrity seemed to support his actions as being proper, according to TMZ.
Actor John O’Hurley, best known for his hilarious role portraying character Elaine’s boss J. Peterman on the long-running comedy “Seinfeld,” was caught by a reporter exiting a restaurant Sunday evening and was asked about what Pence had done.
First displaying a thumbs up sign in response, O’Hurley then replied, “I go to a football game as I go to a movie or anything else for escapism, not to hear somebody’s political views.”
“Or not to be exposed to somebody’s political views. I’m coming out of a restaurant. If somebody announced the specials with their political views tonight, I’d have the same reason to be angry, wouldn’t I?”
The reporter seemed to agree with the sentiment to which O’Hurley simply smiled and stated, “Bravo,” as he made his way to his waiting car.
This actor made an incredible point that even the reporter couldn’t deny — people don’t want to be harangued or confronted by the political viewpoints of others — from either side — while engaged in decidedly non-political activities, such as eating dinner at a restaurant or enjoying a football game.
Hopefully that common-sense answer will eventually trickle down to the team owners and players of the NFL and prompt them to finally end their disrespectful antics during the anthem and save their political sermonizing and symbolic gestures for some other time.
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