VP Mike Pence: Why I left today's Colts/49ers game

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Many on social media have been focusing on the travel costs rather than the principles of Mike Pence who walked out of an NFL game after players knelt for the United States national anthem.

While counts vary, between 15 and 23 players for the 49ers were seen kneeling during the anthem.

Former governor of Indiana, Mike Pence had chose to attend the match of the Indianapolis Colts, to pay tribute to the former quarterback star Peyton Manning, who was to be honored at a ceremony Sunday. After having players kneel last week, both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills all stood for the anthem before their games.

Many franchises have also released statements of support for their players, and a poll has also indicated a majority of Americans disagree with Mr Trump's demand for kneeling players to be fired.

President Trump tweeted that he asked the Veep to leave the game if there was a protest.

I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country.

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Sharing a statement on Twitter, Pence said: "I stand with ‪@POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem". He said he was proud of Pence and his wife, Karen.

He continued: "At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us". "I left the game today because the president and I will honor any event that lack of respect to our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem", writes the second character of the american State, on his Twitter account.

Co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin, tweeted: "How much aid could've gone to hurricane victims instead of Pence going to a football game that no one wanted him at in the first place?"

Political objections show little sign of halting the spread of the protest, and some players have opted to link arms for the anthem in solidarity with those who are kneeling.

Pence's gesture adds fuel to a war of words kicked off by the president himself in late September, with an emphasis on nationalist rhetoric and symbolism that plays squarely to the Trump base.

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