With his decision to leave Sundayâs Indianapolis Colts game after gamers knelt during the national anthem, it seems that Vice President Pence is becoming well-versed in the art of walking out there.
JustÂ less than a year back, in November, he arrived to get a performance of the Broadway hit âHamiltonâ at the Richard Rodgers Theatre within New York, greeted by a mix of boos and cheers. After the show, many dozen of the musicalâs cast associates zeroed in on Pence when he was getting up to leave.
âYou know, we have a guest in the audience this evening,â said Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr. âAnd Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments.â
Dixon proceeded to talk about a message about cast membersâ? problem that the incoming administration would are not able to protect the âdiverse Americaâ and support the inalienable rights of its people, despite race or sexual alignment. Pence reportedly was leaving the particular auditorium before Dixon finished talking, but said he heard the entire message.
There were protesters outside the theater, too â? however they didnât bother Pence. He had been quick to stand up for the masses and the actorsâ? rights to totally free speech.
âI nudged my kids and reminded them thatâs what freedom sounds like,â Pence said during the time.
Then, in-may, Pence watched as about 100 students walked out of the University associated with Notre Dameâs graduation ceremony throughout his commencement speech. They still left quietly, met by some regards and boos, though only quickly. Again, Pence came to their protection, Â referencingÂ the First Amendment.
âThe increasing intolerance and suppression of the time-honored tradition of free expression on our campuses jeopardizes the liberties of every American,â he said in the speech. âThis should not and must not be met with silence.â
On Sunday, Pence was in front and center of another walkoutÂ â? his own â? choosing to depart the Colts game on Chief executive Trumpâs instructions after more than a number of San Francisco 49ers players took the knee during the anthem. Many Nationwide Football League players have done to raise awareness of social injustice plus racial inequality. Members of the Colts stood for the anthem with hands linked.
Pence said this individual chose to leave because âwe should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us.â
This time, there was no mention ofÂ freedom of speech, or any other element of the First Amendment. âI donât think itâs too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,â Pence stated in a statement.
We were proud to remain – with all our @Colts : for our soldiers, our flag, plus our National Anthem pic. tweets. com/mkZiKMkPDD
â? Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
In the past, Pence has been singing about freedom of expression. Whilst serving in Congress, he frequently co-sponsored versions of the Free Stream of Information Act, Â first introduced just before Congress in 2005. It targeted to prevent federal entities from making a âcovered person,âÂ such as a journalist, through disclosing their sources unless dominated by court.
He co-sponsored the legislationÂ a fewÂ times, and while this never became law, his advocacy for news media earned him compliment from journalists, including an prize from a newspaper association.
In 2007, he told the Columbia Journalism Review that he became the supporter of the act after reading through about Judith Millerâs 2005 jailing in the New York Times. He informed the Review that he developed âa very healthy appreciation for the work that journalists do, and the public good that a free and independent press represents.â
But while Pence has a background for supporting free speech, itâs a muddled one. As Indianapolis governor, he is known to have stonewalled public records requests, often delaying their particular release of denying them completely.
He also found himself rebukedÂ by free speech advocates because of a broadly criticized plan to create a taxpayer-funded information service, and because his staff erased Facebook commentsÂ that disagreed with his position on same-sex marriage.
To this day, a Facebook page known as PencershipÂ exists.
In March, information broke that Pence, also whilst governor, used his personal e-mail account while conducting state company. The Indianapolis Star first documented it following a months-long effort to gain access to emails from Penceâs AOL accounts.
Around the same time, Pence sitting through the jokes and musical skits that targeted Trump and his advisersâ? headline-making contacts with Russia in the annual dinner of the Gridiron Membership, an elite group of 65 of Washingtonâs top journalists. He attended the particular swanky but lighthearted affair within Trumpâs place after Trump dropped.
As in other instances, Pence said at the dinner that he as well as the president âsupport the freedom of the press enshrined in the First Amendment.â