Four months ago, Vice President Mike Pence made an expensive fabricated outrage when he attended an NFL game but then left before it began because players from both teams knelt during the national anthem. The Donald Trump administration has been adamant about musicians standing during the course of its carol with the president calling Colin Kaepernick a son of a bitch for is inadequate to do so.
So, when Pence didn’t stand for the unified Korean entrance during the course of its parade of nations at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Twitter didn’t overlook the incongruity. And users called him out for what they said was flagrant hypocrisy.
Wow North Korea and South Korea walk in under one flag. The whole stadium hops 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 protest. Wonder where he got that mind. 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 route 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 comfy 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- believes that refusing to stand for something is a viable and acceptable 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 is now being 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 cheering for all Olympics. He wants them everyone to win awards. He’s biased for the Americans.”
This hasn’t been a great Olympics thus far for Pence. He was rent by openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon for his anti-LGBTQ panoramas, and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who’s likewise lesbian, wrote on Instagram, “The 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence.”