Pence’s anthem stunt says a lot about him

first_imgLikewise, former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub denounced the charade.He wisecracked on Twitter:Price of flight: $30,000 per hour. Security: $1 bazillion. Ticket: $93. Hotdog: $17. Choreographed denigration of 1st Amendment: Priceless! https://t.co/gB8ncTIV8v— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 8, 2017The Post tried to pin down an estimate. President Mike Pence, who once enjoyed respect as a decent, consistent conservative.His ploy on Sunday shows he has permitted himself to be reduced to the status of the Washington Generals, the hapless stiffs the Harlem Globetrotters humiliate again and again.The Washington Post reports:“The plan had been for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the Indianapolis Colts game at which Peyton Manning’s number was to be retired, a gala celebration of the former Colts quarterback’s contributions to Pence’s home state.“The former governor of Indiana and his wife, wearing a Manning No. 18 jersey, left Lucas Oil Stadium after the national anthem, following instructions from President Trump after a number of San Francisco 49ers players, as they usually do, took a knee during the anthem.Trump posted on Twitter: Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith the exception of House Speaker Paul Ryan, there is no GOP politician who has debased himself more for the sake of accommodation with President Donald Trump than Vice Pence was acting not out of spontaneous patriotism but out of blind loyalty to a president who reduces everyone around him to a sleazy character on a reality TV show.The obnoxious play-acting had the intended effect in stirring more racial animosity. The Hill reported:“San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid slammed Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout during his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, calling it a “PR stunt.”“Reid [was] was one of the players to start kneeling with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial equality. …“‘So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again,’ Reid said.“‘This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.’ “Well, at least Trump supporters can no longer accuse protesting players of “politicizing” football. Trump has done more than anyone to turn the protest against police violence into yet another battlefront in his populist war designed to stoke white grievance.This shameful, unprovoked attempt to fan racial tensions is beneath the dignity of the office of vice president and should make clear that Pence is as morally unfit as Trump to hold high office.For a self-styled fiscal hawk, Pence grotesquely wasted taxpayer money for a political stunt.The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington tweeted a rebuke: The first rule of blatant political stunts is not to let on that they are blatant political stunts. “It costs the federal government about $43,000 an hour to fly Air Force Two, according to a 2012 estimate by the Air Force.Assuming a total flight time of six hours for the journey east [from Las Vegas to Indianapolis] and then west again [to California], the tab for the flight alone would have topped $250,000.”He or the Republican National Committee should pay back every dime to the U.S. treasury.To recap: Pence wasted taxpayer money, participated in a Trumpian divisive gambit to stoke racial animosity and made himself look like a spineless errand boy.Those who cheer him – including his legion of evangelical conservative supporters — should reflect upon the extent to which Trump has corrupted (morally, politically, intellectually) Pence — and them.Jennifer Rubin is a Washington Post blogger and columnist who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Lukaku’s late equalizer saves Inter in Serie A

first_imgInter then made changes by throwing on Lukaku and Victor Moses, and it worked as the Belgian converted the penalty after Moses was tripped in the box.Inter still sit in second-place, temporarily cutting the deficit to Juventus to five points, while the Bianconeri will take on Lazio on Monday.Napoli rallied to beat Udinese in an entertaining 2-1 fixture, Arkadiusz Milik wiped out Rodrigo de Paul’s opener, and Matteo Politano’s blockbuster deep into stoppage time helped the Partenopei carve out three points.Parma fumbled a 2-0 lead as Sampdoria staged a second half show to claim a 3-2 away victory.In other matches on Sunday, Genoa beat Lecce 2-1, Brescia edged SPAL 2-1, and Fiorentina dominated Torino 2-0.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Romelu LukakuKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Romelu Lukaku’s late penalty saved Inter Milan on Sunday as the Nerazzurri drew with Roma in a 2-2 thriller.Stefan de Vrij gave Inter the early lead, Roma then turned the game around, but only for Inter to fight back for a 2-2 draw.Roma entered the Olimpico Stadium with three-game winning streak while Inter were also on a three-game unbeaten run.With Lukaku only fit enough for the bench, Inter’s coach Antonio Conte opted for Alexis Sanchez to pair with Lautaro Martinez on the forward line.The away side took the lead in the 15th minute when Sanchez whipped a corner into the box, de Vrij out-jumped the defenders to steer his bullet-header into the net.The Giallorossi got back on level terms before the break amid controversy as Roma went on the counterattack and Leonardo Spinazzola found the net from a tight angle.Inter appealed as Lautaro was kicked down by Aleksandar Kolarovin in the build-up, but the referee allowed the goal after viewing the VAR.Roma completed the turn around in the 57th minute as Henrikh Mkhitaryan smashed in from a point blank range.last_img read more