President Donald Trump’s joint fundraising committee sent an email Monday asking donors to show support for Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an NFL play in Indianapolis after some members of the San Francisco 49 ers kneeled during the national anthem.
The solicitation from the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which collectively raises money for Trump’s presidential campaign committee and the Republican National Committee, asks advocates to give at least$ 5 to the campaign to receive a” I STAND FOR THE FLAG” sticker.
” Immediately after the vice president’s honorable showing of leadership and patriotism, the Fake News Media relentlessly ATTACKED him ,” the email says.” The media is NOT going to win this fight, because we have the AMERICAN PEOPLE standing on our side .”
Trump has denounced NFL musicians who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, went on to say that the league would” go to inferno” unless it barred players from demonstrating, and indicating players who complained should be fired.
Former 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year started a trend of kneeling during the national anthem in complain of what he said was systemic mistreatment of blacks by law enforcement. Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49 ers to a Super Bowl appearance, is greater with the team. An unsigned free agent, his demonstration has been largely listed as part of the reason no team has yet hired him.
Pence, a former Indiana governor, was attending a football game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and the 49 ers, where the Colts retired Peyton Manning’s number and erected a statue of their former quarterback. The attention didn’t stay on Manning for long.
Trump, on Twitter, said he’d asked Pence before video games to depart if any players kneeled. They did, and Pence did.” I left today’s Colts play because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem ,” Pence said in a statement after exiting the game.