Here’s How Much Our Stunt Queen VP’s Football Walkout Cost American Taxpayers

Here’s How Much Our Stunt Queen VP’s Football Walkout Cost American Taxpayers

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Sunday, Oct. 8 saw Trump lapdog our current vice president live out his stunt queen dreams for all to see. It was a planned Mike Pence football PR stunt long in the making, as Donald Trump himself admits: Pence flew to Indianapolis to catch a football game between the Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.

But as you’ve no doubt seen by now, considering the story is currently everywhere, he didn’t stay very long. Shortly after the football players went ahead with their (rather vocally planned) #TakeAKnee protest during the National Anthem, Pence picked up “mother” (that’d be his wife, Karen) and hightailed it outta the stadium.

He woulda gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids, who in this instance are any people with two brain cells who could spot the entire incident as a planned stunt. A stunt that ended up costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“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,” Pence wrote on Twitter.

This tweet, of course, came after Pence tweeted a photo (below) in which he and his wife looked so excited to catch the game.

But wait. Something is off about the above photo. Could it be that the photo of Pence and “mother” looking so excited to catch the game wasn’t actually taken on Sunday? As it turns out, that photo is from 2014, the last time Pence caught a football game. (Because he’s such a fan.) Who does that?

A real-time photo of Pence and his wife at the game was indeed released by the White House Press Office, featuring our stunt queen VP with his hand over his heart.

As if we needed anymore proof that the Mike Pence football stunt was indeed a stunt, we also know that a member of the VP’s staff told the reporter who was traveling alongside Pence, Vaughn Hillyard, that he shouldn’t enter the stadium because the VP “might not” be staying very long.

And then there’s the fact that Pence traveled from Las Vegas, where he’d attended a memorial service for victims of last weekend’s mass shooting, across the country to Indianapolis, knowing he had a planned event later that night in Los Angeles. He wouldn’t have made it to the L.A. event in time had he actually stayed for the Colts/49ers game.

The Mike Pence football stunt is indicative of many things, but most importantly it brilliantly showcases the hypocrisy of the current Trump administration. Trump and the many lapdogs perched in his cabinet love to rail against the politicization of our flag and anthem (and the soldiers!) despite football’s #TakeAKnee protests having nothing to do with those things. Indeed, this stunt is the politicization of those things, seeking merely to divide the country on the basis of racial and racial-allied lines.

And then there’s the factual reality of cost. This little stunt cost American taxpayers more than $242,000 in airfare alone. And that doesn’t include the costs associated with Secret Service for Pence and his wife while at the game, or the costs associated with having to secure the stadium before their arrival.

And these exorbitant costs couldn’t come at a more ridiculous time, when Trump’s cabinet has been under fire for unnecessary travel expenses. In the words of California Democrat Rep. Adam B. Schiff, “After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?”

We couldn’t have asked the question better ourselves.

Last, as you may recall, Mike Pence is no stranger to public protest, though he was on the other side of it last November when he sat through a performance of Hamilton only to be booed upon arrival and lectured by a cast member following the curtain call.

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