Four months ago, Vice President Mike Pence created an expensive manufactured outrage when he attended an NFL game but then left before it began because musicians from both teams knelt during the national anthem. The Donald Trump administration has been adamant about musicians standing during the course of its hymn with the president calling Colin Kaepernick a son of a bitch for failing to do so.
So, when Pence didn’t stand for the unified Korean admission during the parade of nations at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Twitter didn’t overlook the irony. And customers called him out for what they said was blatant hypocrisy.
Wow North Korea and South Korea walk in under one flag. The whole stadium jumps up and moves crazy. Except Mike Pence and Mother Pence. They only sat there.
— SickLeftist BobbieOliver (@ thebobbieoliver) February 10, 2018
Sooooo to dramatize his political stance while at a sporting event, the vice president chose not to stand as a gesture of complain. Wonder where he got that notion. https :// t.co/ lAbPwMMZ8Y
— David Steele (@ David_C_Steele) February 9, 2018
So, what he’s saying-hear me out-is that not standing up during a ceremonial event is one style to protest something unrelated to the event … https :// t.co/ foc4fTX 9Bh
— Brian Beutler (@ brianbeutler) February 10, 2018
For a guy who gets so mad about someone taking a knee, he sure is comfortable taking a butt.
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@ kbeninato) February 10, 2018
It appears that Mike Pence- who once fled a football game after being offended by NFL musicians kneeling during the anthem- is therefore of the opinion that refusing to stand for something is a viable and acceptable the ways and means of complain.
— MatthewDicks (@ MatthewDicks) February 10, 2018
Amazing Mike Pence is still so shook from that Colts game where people refused to stand to respect a flag that he still can’t stand to respect a flag
— Connor Toole (@ CTooleSaysStuff) February 10, 2018
Pence sat only a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, but according to reports, they never spoke to each other. Pence and his wife, Karen, reportedly were the only people in that suite not to stand for the Korean delegation, which was made up of South Korean and North Korean athletes during the parade.
“The vice present applauded for the team he’s rooting for. He cheered for the USA, ” a U.S. bureaucrat said, via CNN. “That’s the team he’s going to be applauding for all Olympics. He craves them all to win medals. He’s biased for the Americans.”
This hasn’t been a great Olympics thus far for Pence. He was rent by openly lesbian figure skater Adam Rippon for his anti-LGBTQ panoramas, and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who’s likewise gay, wrote on Instagram, “The 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! I’m so proud to be representative of LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your nerve out, Pence.”