Vice President Mike Pence made headlines last year when he abruptly left an NFL game in Indianapolis after several players kneeled during the national anthem, a demonstration to protest police brutality. . .
During a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 8, 2017, several players for the 49ers kneeled during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As a result, Pence abruptly left the game.
I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
According to heavily redacted Homeland Security documents, the trip cost taxpayers an estimated $325,000, HuffPost reported. The costs include operating Air Force 2, Pence’s Secret Service detail, hotels, and other logistical and security measures.
As the Washington Post reported last year, the trip cost taxpayers $250,000 alone just to operate Air Force 2, which costs about $43,000 per flight hour. Meanwhile, the documents showed taxpayers paid $64,637.88 for hotel rooms for Pence’s security detail.
An additional $8,877.91 was noted on a document titled, “LRC Air/Rail Detail Report by Project Code.” According to HuffPost, the expenditure is most likely related to travel expenses. Yet another $2,368 was spent to deploy temporary walkways in downtown Indianapolis, the documents showed. (Read more from “Pence Left an NFL Game Last Year After Players Protested the Anthem. It Cost Taxpayers Dearly.” HERE)