Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign on Monday sent out a fundraising email touting Mike Pence’s expensive decision to walk out in protest during Sunday night’s 49ers-Colts game.
.@VP Pence's NFL walk out wasn’t just a political stunt. It was a fundraising stunt, too. Latest from Trump’s 2020… https://t.co/yf7xIhl8fs— Christina Wilkie (@Christina Wilkie) 1507583498.0
Pence’s walkout, which cost taxpayers and estimated $242,500, successfully reignited the national debate around NFL player’s protests. Seizing the opportunity, Trump’s campaign implored supporters to donate
"Yesterday members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during our National Anthem," a fundraising email sent out on Monday reads. "Their stunt showed the world that they don't believe our flag is worth standing for. But your Vice President REFUSED to dignify their disrespect for our anthem, our flag, and the many brave soldiers who have died for their freedoms."
According to the email, Trump is offering "I STAND FOR THE FLAG" stickers to contributors who donate $5 or more.
The Trump campaign is now fundraising off Mike Pence’s NFL walkout, which cost taxpayers an estimated $242,500 https://t.co/eiIdhccm5w— Breanne Deppisch (@Breanne Deppisch) 1507593559.0
Trump on Sunday tweeted that he directed Pence to leave the stadium if players kneel.
I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1507486576.0
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.— Vice President Mike Pence (@Vice President Mike Pence) 1507482483.0
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling last year to protest the treatment of black people in the United States. Safety Eric Reid on Sunday said Pence’s move looked "like a PR stunt to me.”