Protesting during the National Anthem has been a hot topic over the last year, and it doesn't seem to be going away. Although Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest by kneeling during the National Anthem, there are several more players kneeling now, after some harsh words from President Trump. While attending a Colts game, Vice President Mike Pence left after seeing players kneeling for the anthem. But was it his choice to leave, or Trump's?

Why players are protesting

Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana before he was Vice President. It would make sense for him to want to go see a Colts game and support his home football team.

Apparently, he has no business wanting to support his team if they don't stand for the anthem. After leaving the game, he released a statement that said that he and President Trump would not condone any event that shows disrespect to the Flag, National Anthem, or soldiers.

However, anyone who has been following the protests of NFL players knows that it's not about disrespecting the Flag, soldiers, or the National Anthem. Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and to protest the system of a country that does not respect him or any other person of color, particularly black Americans.

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If any NFL players were protesting our Flag, National Anthem, or soldiers, there would have been a very clear and direct statement saying so. It sounds like the current administration would rather ignore police brutality and continue to push for "law and order," as President Trump [VIDEO] said during one of the Presidential debates.

Was Pence acting on his own?

Of course, every person has their own free will. However, when you're The Vice President, you tend to follow what the President would like you to do. It seems very likely that if it weren't for orders from President Trump that Mike Pence would have stayed and watched the whole game. A Tweet from Trump himself confirms that he had something to do with Pence leaving.

The journalists that follow the vice president to the event weren't allowed inside the stadium, even being told that there might be an early departure from the game. Was the event orchestrated? If so, that's not a cheap thing to do. There's definitely a strong possibility that this event was orchestrated just for Trump to prove that he definitely loves our Flag, National Anthem, soldiers, and country in general, minus the NFL and any Americans who are fed up with police brutality.