Kellyanne Conway called
it "egregious" for anyone to claim that Vice President Mike Pence pulled
a "political stunt" by leaving the Indianapolis Colts game early.
Pence announced on Twitter yesterday that he had walked out of the
Colts-49ers game after players disrespected the national anthem.
Some Democrats have
accused Pence of wasting taxpayer dollars by traveling to the game so he
could make a point by leaving early.
49ers safety Eric Reid dismissed Pence's actions as a "PR stunt,"
explaining that he probably knew the team has the largest contingent of
Conway, senior counselor to President Trump, said the event was "on the
books" in advance and the former Indiana governor is not someone who
would pull a stunt.
"I've known him and Mrs. Pence for 20 years. It takes a lot to get that
man's blood boiling. ... To call that a political stunt is truly
outrageous, egregious and offensive," she said, noting that Pence takes
the issue very seriously.
She said Pence, as governor of Indiana, helped receive the remains of
fallen U.S. service members with grieving families.
"Those coffins are always draped in a flag," said Conway.
She then called out a
tweet from longtime sportscaster Brent Musburger, who noted the 49ers'
2-19 record since Colin Kaepernick took a knee for the anthem last
"Let's talk about, especially to our children, what the flag means. ...
The flag is the most cohesive, unifying symbol in our nation," she said.
Watch the interview above.