Dem Lawmaker: Pence NFL Walkout Was a ‘Multi Million Dollar Political Stunt Paid For By Taxpayers’
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy on Sunday slammed Vice President Mike Pence for walking out of an Indianapolis Colts football game, calling it “a multi-million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers.”
“Don’t let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers,” Murphy tweeted.
Don't let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers. https://t.co/ntnuOmIX1c
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 9, 2017
Murphy’s comment came in response to Pence’s announcement that the vice president had left the Colts game early in protest against football players who were kneeling during the national anthem.
The Connecticut Senator posted his comment along with a retweet of a post by journalist Sung Min Kim, which showed a side-by-side comparison of two seemingly identical photos of Pence and his wife at a Colts game.
Pence had posted one of the photos to his Twitter account earlier on Sunday before walking out of the game. But people online quickly pointed out that he had posted the exact same photo years earlier.
The observation further fueled speculation that Pence’s decision to leave the game on Sunday was an elaborately staged political stunt, on the back of taxpayers.
Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) took to Twitter on Sunday to blast Pence’s walkout.
“Can we just make it through a weekend without this administration abusing taxpayer dollars with jet travel!?” the organization tweeted.
CREW’s tweet comes as several Trump administration officials find themselves facing scrutiny over their government travel.