As if to prove that veracity of anything emanating from the Trump administration should be taken with the world’s largest grain of salt, Vice-president Mike Pence tweeted a picture today of himself and his wife at a Colts game saying that he was “looking forward to cheering for our @colts and honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at @LucasOilStadium today. Go Colts!”
His tweet was disingenuous at face value since it has since been revealed that the Vice-president’s trip to the game was a carefully planned and expensive waste of tax-payer dollars to score political points in Trump’s culture war against NFL players who are freely expressing their political views against police brutality by dropping to their knees during the national anthem.
The political stunt was so obvious in its execution that Pence had the reporters in his press pool wait in their van rather than join him in the stadium to save them the trouble of walking inside for the brief time he was planning on being there. President Trump’s tweet claiming that he asked Pence to leave if any players kneeled proved that the entire incident was a cynically calculated political exercise.
As if the false enthusiasm of Pence’s tweet today wasn’t enough, the photo accompanying it turns out to be a lie as well. The photo wasn’t actually taken at the stadium today, but was merely a recycled, slightly darker version of a photo from 2014 that Pence had previously used in a tweet.
Mike Pence tweeted the same picture from a Colts game that he tweeted in 2014 https://t.co/V9UuJikRPy
RIGHT: 10/08/17 pic.twitter.com/CJIAU8lZVk
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 8, 2017
As Yogi Berra once exclaimed, “it’s deja vu all over again”, kind of like the weekly attacks on sports figures whose views are being misrepresented and misinterpreted again and again to distract the public from the incompetence, failed policies, and criminal actions of the Trump Administration.