White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Monday insisted that Vice President Mike Pence’s pre-planned decision to walk out of an NFL game was not a “political stunt.”
On Sunday, President Donald Trump admitted that he told Pence to walk out of the Indianapolis Colts game if players kneeled during the national anthem. NBC News reported that Pence’s traveling press pool was ordered not to enter the game because he was expected to depart early.
But Conway insisted to Fox News on Monday that it was “outrageous, egregious, and offensive” to label Pence’s actions a “political stunt.”
“Well, Peyton Manning was being honored before the game,” Conway said in defense of Pence. “He was there for the pre-game.”
According to the presidential aide, “it takes a lot to get that man’s blood boiling.”
“To call that a political stunt is truly outrageous, egregious and offensive,” Conway said.
But even the hosts of Fox & Friends appeared skeptical about Conway’s explanation.
“When did the vice president and the president talk about doing this?” Fox News host Steve Doocy wondered.
“Well, they talk every day,” Conway obfuscated.
“So, they worked this out last week?” Doocy pressed.
“Hold on,” Conway interrupted. “They talk every day. And they certainly have talked about this issue.”
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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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