For a guy who dislikes political protests in sports, Vice President Mike Pence sure does like to do political protests in sports a lot.

Back in October, when the NFL player protests during the national anthem were at fever pitch, Pence left the game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers following the anthem in his own form of protest. The speed in which Pence, President Trump, and the White House responded gave credence to the notion that the entire thing was a pre-planned political stunt during a sporting event, exactly the kind of thing that they had been publicly decrying for weeks.

Here’s how The Comeback’s Jay Rigdon put it at the time:

To recap, the President sent the Vice President to a football game featuring the 49ers, a team that would definitely be protesting during the anthem, and then launched a plan to literally grandstand (there were bleachers and everything) with a huffy exit. All to ostensibly score political points by purposefully and willfully misinterpreting the protests of the athletes in question.

Fast-forward to Friday when the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in took place in PyeongChang. There had been much made of the fact that athletes from South Korea and North Korea, long enemies in a cold (and sometimes hot) war, entered the arena together to signify in the importance of setting aside political issues in order to highlight the athletic and competitive integrity of the Olympics.

As someone who has railed against NFL players and other athletes for refusing to stand for the national anthem as part of a protest, you would imagine Pence would make sure he’s standing to greet these Olympic athletes who were there not as representatives of their respective governments but as athletes competing under Olympic ideals.

As has happened so many times under the current administration, what they say and what they do are two very different things.

As you might imagine, people were quick to notice that Pence was doing what he has said NFL players do (which, is a whole other story because they weren’t protesting the anthem itself and… you know what… let’s not even get into it).

We look forward to the friendly discourse that will surely follow from here.

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3 thoughts on “After bemoaning protests in sports, VP Mike Pence protests Korean athletes in Olympic opening ceremonies

  1. Sounds like this writer is just another liberal idiot looking to bash our administration! What a joke of a writer!

  2. This is BS I watched the live feed yesterday and not only were they standing he was next to kims sister.

  3. Just as I respect the VP’s right to sit, even as a honored guest in a foreign country, I definitely respect the right of my fellow Americans to sit or kneel as they see fit in our country, where protestation is as American as apple pie.

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