Vice President Mike Pence caused a stir among the left when, on Sunday, after going to an Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game, he walked out when some of the 49ers players knelt during the national anthem.
Pence’s position was clear.
He said he would not be attending any NFL game where there were people disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the military and America.
And in that, he was giving support to the position of President Donald Trump, who also returned the support for Pence’s action.
Trump said he had told Pence he should walk out if anyone knelt.
This position infuriated some on the left.
ESPN’s Sarah Spain attacked Pence for walking out, calling it “a waste of money, waste of time and an embarrassment considering what else is going on in our country.”
She also attacked the owner of the Dallas Cowboy’s Jerry Jones for telling his players if any of them knelt they would be benched, saying this was unfair to the players.
But ESPN host Dan Batard acknowledged that Trump and Pence had forced a change in NFL action.
From Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “made football bow” in their campaign against NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, ESPN host Dan Le Batard conceded on Monday.
The Miami Dolphins’ requirement that players stand for the flag and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ threat to bench any player who kneels during the anthem were both clear wins for Trump and Pence, said Le Batard, the co-host of ESPN’s “Highly Questionable.”
The Cowboys players adhered to Jones’ request. The Miami Dolphins implemented a similar policy and the players who the week before had knelt, this week remained instead in the tunnel standing during the anthem.
“All the more reason by the way for Pence and Trump to do this because now they can claim, look, we got the owner of the Dallas Cowboys in line on this. We got the owner of the Dolphins in line on this, because no one was protesting, three guys stayed back in the Dolphins locker room,” Le Batard said.
“These guys can now take credit for what was an easy stance,” he said, referring to Trump and Pence. “They made football bow.”
When even ESPN is admitting that the Trump-Pence position is succeeding, you know it truly is.
ESPN had its own troubles to deal with after Jemele Hill suggested that fans should boycott the Dallas Cowboys, their advertisers and players who weren’t protesting.
This naturally hit ESPN right where they live, as the NFL is the life’s blood of their network and to have an employee attack it is tantamount to trying to commit network suicide.
They issued a statement saying that she was suspended for two weeks. They noted this was not the first comment she has made that is problematic, an apparent reference to her calling Trump a ‘white supremacist,’ so that this was a suspension for cumulative violations.
Looks like even ESPN is getting there are consequences for actions…