Breaking: VP Pence Walks Out of Colts Game After 49ers Take Knee for National Anthem

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game Sunday afternoon after nearly two dozen 49ers kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem.

Pence, who left the Indiana governorship to be President Donald Trump’s vice president, had early posted a photo of himself and his wife Karen at the game, saying, “Looking forward to cheering for our @Colts & honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at @LucasOilStadium today. Go Colts!”

Update (Pence ‘game day’ photo is from 2014.)

(Actual game day photo, White House photo and Pence statement from October 8, 2017)

Pence later posted, “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.”

UPDATE: President Trump posted he asked Vice President Pence to walk out if an anthem protest took place, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”

Statement issued by Vice President Pence:

More updates to come.

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