Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game following anthem protest

Vice President Mike Pence in Las Vegas

Vice President Mike Pence leaves Indianapolis Colts game amid flag protests

The vice president staged his own protest at the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game, leaving the NFL stadium after several players knelt while the national anthem was played in an open display of Anti-American sentiment.

Peyton Manning's jersey was retired and the Indianapolis Colts pulled off a win, but it was Vice President Mike Pence that had many people talking.

Pence tweeted about his departure and reiterated his support for President Donald Trump's combative stance on the kneeling protests, which swept the National Football League last month.

President Trump later tweeted that he had asked Pence to leave the game if he saw any players kneeling. Kaepernick, who said previous year he hoped to spark a discussion about racism when he opted not to stand for the anthem, re-tweeted La Canfora's tweets rolling back the story.

Mr Pence said he could not be present at an event that "disrespects our soldiers, our flag" after abandoning the game in his home state of Indiana. "I stand with President Trump", he wrote on Twitter. Pence tweeted that he left Lucas Oil Stadium shortly after the national anthem played.

Vice President Mike Pence has left the 49ers-Colts game after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem. "A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game, with an attempt to thwart our efforts".

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The White House also sent out the photo of Pence standing in an email alert from the Office of the Vice President.

Earlier, Trump had asked sports fans to never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country and demanded that the NFL should change policy. "And I think it's disgraceful", Mr. Trump said in an interview with FOX News Channel's FOX & Friends.

He had earlier tweeted that he was looking forward to the game.

Others condemned Pence's actions for what they deemed a disregard for the First Amendment and an obfuscation of more pressing issues.

These developments came the same day that Colin Kaepernick again said he would stand during the national anthem if signed by an NFL team this season.

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