Mike Pence took offense to many of the 49ers taking a knee during the National Anthem at a Colts-49ers game.
“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 his statement. “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”
Many people assumed that football players taking a knee was a protest for President Trump…It isn’t. Taking a knee during the National Anthem was made popular by former 49er Colin Kaepernick. The original reason for it was to protest against police brutality. Mire specifically, the killing of unarmed black people.
Kneeling before the National Anthem was already controversial when it started, but it was amplified when President Trump expressed strong disdain for it, going as far as to say to get “that son of a bitch” off the field.