On Sunday Mike Pence traveled to an NFL game where he knew there would be a protest by some of the players. (Seriously, didn’t we all know that?) Then he left in mock disgust. He said he won’t tolerate disrespect of the flag.
But isn’t Mike Pence the VP to Donald Trump? The guy who
- Dodged the draft refusing to fight for the same flag with 5 medical deferments
- Insulted war veteran John McCain for being captured
- Insulted a gold-star family who’s son gave his life in service to the country
- Talked about sexually assaulting women with impunity due to his celebrity
I guess Mike Pence has slippery morals when it comes to his boss.
But let’s look at really what’s going on here. Pence believes that his voters are so incredibly stupid they won’t notice the hypocrisy. He’s right. But worse, he’s put that on display in what is probably the most obvious a political stunt so far this century. That is to say, who didn’t know that there would be a protest at Sunday’s game?
And the worst part of it all is that his voters will be outraged, not by his callous manipulation of their emotions, but by the protesters who really just want to bring attention to lingering racial injustice. Pence might as well just give minorities the finger. It’s more direct and less shady that his political games. Besides, his boss does it all the time.