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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 06:31 PM

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Britt Hume: VPOTUS Has Right To Counter Protest Players Kneeling; That Is Not A Political Stunt

Brit Hume remarked on the criticism Mike Pence has received for walking out of an NFL game on Sunday when several players knelt for the national anthem.

"People are accusing the vice president of carrying out a stunt, the Fox News political analyst said on "America's Newsroom" Monday.

"The football players who are kneeling on the field during the anthem, that's arguably a stunt as well," he pointed out.

"They have a right to protest. I would say the vice president has the right to counter-protest, which is what happened."

The vice president and his wife Karen walked out of a San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts game Sunday, saying he doesn't think it is "too much to ask" for people to respect the anthem.

"POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted about his decision.