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  /  10.09.2017

Vice President Mike Pence made headlines over the weekend after abruptly leaving an Indianapolis Colts game upon claiming players were being disrespectful by kneeling during the national anthem.

He took to Twitter yesterday (October 8) to explain his decision,

“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. 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…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 @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

Many, including Colin Kaepernick, slammed the move, calling it a pre-planned “stunt,” “theater,” and “grandstanding” after Donald Trump also took to Twitter to reveal that he’d asked Pence to leave in advance of the game.

Today, Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike—who’s been openly vocal in the past about, among other things, black ownership and voting—took Pence to task on Instagram for his “false understanding” of the Constitution, free speech, and the public office. He wrote:

“I wonder how he feels about the constitution. The document that contains the principles this republic is founded on. The 1st being #FreeSpeech. Free speech is what protects this and any protest. The constitution that guards against Tyranny like the state abusing and denying citizens full rights. U know the stuff that prompted the kneel. The kneel is to bring awareness to the public that officers of the law are playing Judge, Jury and executioner therefore denying Americans Citizens their constitutional rights becuz they are a racial minority. I wonder if he knows he and the soldiers I respect and value swear to uphold that constitution and not simply be propaganda agents for the state. He loves religion to much to hold public office in my opinion and he shows that he cares nothing for our republic by not honoring the constitutional rights of its citizens. I’m glad he left that event because he cheapened it with his presence. God speed on our next election. I hope we send his religious nut ass back home to relish in his false understanding of what this country is and we never see him on a national stage again. 😊”


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