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Veep protest: Act­ing on Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­struc­tions, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence walked out of an NFL foot­ball game in his home state of In­di­ana this week after nearly two dozen vis­it­ing San Fran­cisco 49ers play­ers took a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them. “I left to­day’s Colts game be­cause Pres­i­dent Trump and I will not dig­nify any event that dis­re­spects our sol­diers, our flag, or our na­tional an­them,” Pence said in a state­ment re­leased min­utes after leav­ing Lu­cas Oil Sta­dium. Democrats crit­i­cized the vice pres­i­dent’s ac­tions as a public­ity stunt, point­ing out that 49ers play­ers have knelt dur­ing every game this sea­son and that Pence had flown in from Las Ve­gas and left im­me­di­ately for Los An­ge­les, at an es­ti­mated cost to tax­pay­ers of $250,000. Dur­ing a meet­ing next week, NFL own­ers will con­sider chang­ing league rules to make it manda­tory that play­ers stand for the na­tional an­them.

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