You might have heard that Vice President Mike Pence went to the Indianapolis Colts vs San Francisco 49ers NFL game in Indianapolis this weekend. Pence began the evening looking jolly, even taking selfies with fellow football fans, but when players knelt in silent protest during the National Anthem, Pence suddenly walked out of the game, costing tax payers an estimated $242,000 for his flight to the game, alone, according to CNN. That, of course, doesn't include the price of transporting the Vice President to the actual game, boosting security, coordinating his entourage, etc.
Basically, Pence used taxpayer dime to fund what amounted to a very expensive publicity stunt, and people are seriously livid.
At first, it just seemed like coincidence.
Looks like Mike Pence had one hell of a Sunday! In no way shape or form did he see that coming and plan that out! https://t.co/3nWzD2Rkzj— KFC (@KFC)1507483232.0
But Pence's tweets seemed to suggest the contrary.
Just so we’re clear: Mike Pence tweeted a 3yr old photo & showed up to an NFL game knowing he’d leave to make his b… https://t.co/erztevKr88— Clint Smith (@Clint Smith)1507492103.0
Things heated up when it emerged that Pence's team had advised reporters to stay in the van since he "there may be an early departure from the game."
FLAG: Was Pence leaving Colts game a political stunt? Reporters were told to stay in van bc "there may be an early departure from the game."— Peter Alexander (@Peter Alexander)1507487415.0
Then Donald Trump swooped in and confirmed the whole thing.Because the man literally cannot stay away from Twitter. Especially if there's an issue that he really shouldn't be focusing on as President of the United States. Remember, Nazis marched again last night? And there's an entire island full of Americans that still needs relief? But it didn't end there...
Some people were so amused by the whole thing, they began speculating what other situations Pence could walk out of.
Mike pence noticing fenty beauty doesn’t have a color that matches “cadaver” leaves Sephora in a huff and lets the door slam— Desus Nice (@Desus Nice)1507511820.0
This one wondered what was the earliest instance of Pence walking out.
i'm guessing Mike Pence walked out of his mother's womb because he found it too suggestive— Aparna Nancherla (@Aparna Nancherla)1507528717.0
There are multiple levels of cutting-edge shade happening with this one.You almost have to use formal logic to break it down. If someone keeps going to something to remind themselves that they don't like it, doesn't that suggest, on some level, that they do like it?
Other people got creative - super creative.
There is an old fellow named Pence Whose hobby is taking offence. He does it some days In gimmicky ways As well as at public expense.— Limericking (@Limericking)1507494238.0