Vice President Mike Pence staged a political stunt on Sunday at a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. He attended the game, until the inevitable protest, then walked out. According to CNN, this planned walkout cost taxpayers more than $242,000 dollars.
At least that cost you, the taxpayer, less than a Trump trip to Mir-a-Lago, but that is still a pretty big price tag for a contrived photo op.
In an analysis, CNN explained how they figured out the cost of Mike Pence’s trip to the NFL game:
“According to the Air Force, flying a C-32, the model of plane used for Air Force 2, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence’s flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took about three hours and 20 minutes, so it cost about $100,000,” CNN said.
“Pence then flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing about $142,500,” CNN continued.
The grand total of Pence’s publicity stunt? A whopping $242,500.
CNN added that because Pence was “attending a political event” in Los Angelos, the Republican National Committee will reimburse some of the cost of his flight there. The rest though will fall on taxpayers.
Apparently, Pence doesn’t see anything wrong with forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for his public grandstanding over Americans who are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. He bragged about walking out on Twitter shortly after leaving the game.
“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,” Pence tweeted. “At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”
Trump then tweeted that he was “proud” of Pence for walking out and admitted that the stunt had been planned ahead of time.
Neither Trump nor Pence seems to think anything of spending almost a quarter of a million dollars to demonstrate their displeasure with Americans exercising their constitutional rights.
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