(National Sentinel) Hypocrisy for Days: Vice President Mike Pence is being criticized by American media outlets and liberal talking heads for failing to stand during the playing of the Korean anthem as a joint North-South Korea team entered the Olympic Stadium in South Korea because he did not want to be seen praising the authoritarian, murderous regime of Kim Jong-un.
David Meeks of USA Today wrote, “By not standing for Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics, VP Mike Pence embarrassed America.” He stated, “By declining to stand and recognize athletes of the Korean unified team as they walked together during the opening ceremony, Pence not only offended the host country, he sent a message that to the Trump Administration, not even common courtesy matters more than childish politics.”
Meanwhile, as The Daily Wire‘s Ben Shapiro pointed out, Cody Benjamin of CBSSports.com complained, “After refusing to stand and recognize a united Korean team, the VP passes on an Olympic dinner.” The BBC whined, “US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.”
The New York Times suggested next that Ms. Kim “managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the game of diplomatic image-making…while the unified Korean Olympic team received a standing ovation as they marched into the stadium Friday night, Mr. Pence remained seated, which critics said was disrespectful of the athletes and his host, Mr. Moon.”
The VP’s supporters noted that, again, he wasn’t disrespecting South Korea but rather chose not to honor North Korea. What’s more, they noted that some of these same media outlets were highly supportive of NFL players’ decisions throughout the recently-concluded 2017 season to either sit on the bench during the playing of the National Anthem or to kneel, as a way of protesting alleged police abuses of black men. That was equally offensive, the VP’s supporters noted, and yet the same press outlets didn’t have an issue with it.
“For two years, we’ve heard from the exact same outlets that kneeling for the American national anthem is a sign of decency and courage. We’ve heard that NFL players aren’t criticizing the flag or the anthem itself, they’re just calling on America to better represent those symbols. We’ve heard that those who oppose anthem-kneeling might be racist. At no point did we hear that those who knelt for the anthem were disrespecting the flag and the country,” Shapiro wrote.
“Yet when Pence decides to sit for the obvious mockery of North Korea marching in unity with South Korea, that’s the end of the world,” he continued. “The media’s hatred for the Trump administration is on display every single day, but it’s never been clearer than in their open embrace of one of the worst tyrannies in human history – an embrace meant simply to demonstrate opposition to an American administration they despise.”
Pence, a former U.S. representative and governor of Indiana, and his wife, second lady Karen Pence, attended an Indianapolis Colts game last fall near the start of the NFL season, but left before it started because some players knelt or sat in protect during the Anthem.
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