CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill said that Vice President Mike Pence walking out of an NFL game over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem was a “stunt” meant to draw attention to black people.
Hill, appearing on CNN’s “At This Hour With Kate Bolduan,” said, “He made a decision to come to a game where he knew players would kneel so he could leave. That’s okay. He has a right to do that. I’m not saying he’s wrong to want to do that. Call it what it is. Protests are stunts. It’s a spectacle, designed to draw attention to something. The players want to draw attention to police violence against black people–and Mike Pence wanted to draw attention to the black people as opposed to the issue of police violence.”
Vice President Pence left an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday after 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem. (RELATED: Pence Leaves Colts Game In Disgust After 49ers Kneel During National Anthem)
As Hill points out, the 49ers players kneeling is nothing new, and has happened before every game so far.