The Washington Free Beacon MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, Monday, issued a statement that Vice President Mike Pence used the American flag and national anthem as a“prop“as he left the NFL game between Indianapolis Colts and Sand Francisco because players took a knee for the anthem.
After Pence left the game, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and wrote that he told the vice president to leave if players took a knee. The staffer also told media members that an “early departure“is likely to happen at the game.
“So he took Air Force 2 [with a] full package of Secret Service from Las Vegas to Indianapolis for a stunt; inconvenienced tens of thousands of Colts fans,” Schmidt said on “Morning Joe.” “To, again, use the flag and the anthem as a prop.”
“And the greatest desecration of that flag, is the assault on its foundational values, which occurs everyday with this administration with their attacks on the spirit of the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of expression,” Schmidt continued.
“Utterly appalling, wasteful, profligate, disgusting behavior from the vice president,” he concluded. “He ought to be ashamed of himself.”
Host Joe Scarborough indicated that this was more shocking because the people of Indiana were welcoming their former governor.
Former adviser to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and current MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan said it was sad to see Pence pull such a stunt.
“It’s sad,” Jordan said. “The whole state, I’m sure, wants to celebrate and welcome him, and then they’re just part of being a political prop. It’s sick, and it’s sad, and it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars, too.”