Stephen King saw President Pence’s antics at the NFL game over the weekend, and had the perfect words to describe it.
Trump made some very controversial statements earlier this week about the NFL players that are choosing to kneel in protest of the mistreatment of people of color.
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired,’” Trump continued.
He also took to his favorite platform, Twitter, to spew his opinions.
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Trump tweeted.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s baseless attacks, saying that Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell stated. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.”
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid blasted Vice President Mike Pence for his “walkout” during their game against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, calling it a “PR stunt.”
Reid joined his teammate, Colin Kaepernick, in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and criminal justice reform. Since they’ve been doing it for so long, Reid says it was a calculated move.
“So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.
“This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.”
Pence walked out after the now customary protest.
“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence said in a statement.
What’s Happening Now:
Vice President Pence may have some people fooled with his fake outrage, but he hasn’t fooled the brilliant bestselling writer, Stephen King.
The celebrated novelist called the move what it really was, a “fund-raising gimmick” by a party desperate for re-election campaign funds for an egotistical man with historically low approval ratings.
“Pence leaving the stadium was pre-planned,” King tweeted. “It was a fund-raising gimmick.”
Pence leaving the stadium was pre-planned. It was a fund-raising gimmick.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 8, 2017
And not only is King right about this, but remember that this was all on the taxpayer’s dime.
All the travel, all the NFL tickets for him and his secret service, everything was provided for by us, the people.
And they’re doing all they can to profit from it.
Email that just went out to Trump supporters.
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— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) September 25, 2017