Social media erupted over the weekend when Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game after a few players took a knee during the National Anthem. Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday (October 8) to announce it was his decision to have Pence leave if “any players kneeled, disrespecting our country.”

I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017

Pence also tweeted on Sunday and clarified his actions, writing, “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.”

The gesture, which was popularized by former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick after he kneeled during the National Anthem in protest, has taken on a life of its own. Countless athletes and everyday citizens have taken part in the peaceful protest in effort to bring awareness to the staggering number of black Americans being killed at the hands of police as well as racial injustice. The intention behind the gesture has nothing to do with disrespecting the

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