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Killer Mike Slams Mike Pence for Leaving NFL Game After Players Kneel During National Anthem

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Michael Render (aka Killer Mike) of Run the Jewels performs at Electric Picnic Festival  at Stradbally Hall Estate on Sept. 2, 2017 in Laois, Ireland.  

"I wonder how he feels about the constitution."

When Mike Pence left a football game early Sunday over players' kneeling during the national anthem, he attracted plenty of responses over social media, with Run the JewelsKiller Mike offering one of the most scathing and well thought of the bunch.

“I left today's Colts game,” Pence tweeted on Sunday, “because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

Members of the press pool traveling with the vice president have also since noted that they were informed beforehand of Pence's pan to exit the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers. The national conversation about players' actions during the national anthem began last season when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a kneel to bring attention to civil rights issues in America. More recently, the debate intensified when President Donald Trump took aim at Kaepernick and other sports figures in a speech and on Twitter. 

 

On Monday (Oct. 9) former Bernie bro Killer Mike wrote a critical Instagram post about Pence’s abrupt departure, calling on the vice president to acknowledge that the players are protesting racist police brutality.

“U know the stuff that prompted the kneel,” the rapper wrote. “The kneel is to bring awareness to the public that officers of the law are playing Judge, Jury and executioner therefore denying Americans Citizens their constitutional rights becuz they are a racial minority.”

A large chunk of the rapper’s post focused on how Pence’s actions stacked up to the First Amendment. “--The document that contains the principles this republic is founded on, he wrote. “The 1st being #FreeSpeech. Free speech is what protects this and any protest. The constitution that guards against Tyranny like the state abusing and denying citizens full rights.”

He added, “I wonder if he knows he and the soldiers I respect and value swear to uphold that constitution and not simply be propaganda agents for the state. … [H]e shows that he cares nothing for our republic by not honoring the constitutional rights of its citizens.”

Killer Mike concluded his post by writing that Pence’s presence “cheapened” the event. “I hope we send his religious nut ass back home to relish in his false understanding of what this country is and we never see him on a national stage again,” he said.

 

I wonder how he feels about the constitution. ----‍??The document that contains the principles this republic is founded on. The 1st being #FreeSpeech. Free speech is what protects this and any protest. The constitution that guards against Tyranny like the state abusing and denying citizens full rights. U know the stuff that prompted the kneel. The kneel is to bring awareness to the public that officers of the law are playing Judge, Jury and executioner therefore denying Americans Citizens their constitutional rights becuz they are a racial minority. I wonder if he knows he and the soldiers I respect and value swear to uphold that constitution and not simply be propaganda agents for the state. He loves religion to much to hold public office in my opinion and he shows that he cares nothing for our republic by not honoring the constitutional rights of its citizens. I'm glad he left that event because he cheapened it with his presence. God speed on our next election. I hope we send his religious nut ass back home to relish in his false understanding of what this country is and we never see him on a national stage again. --

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