Stephen A. Smith Hits Trump over Pence Protest: ‘The President Has... Hijacked This Issue’

‘He turned it into an issue about patriotism and beyond’

Stephen A. Smith Hits Trump Over Pence Protest: ‘The President Has…Hijacked This Issue’ (Medaiite)

“I don’t think there’s any question about it,” Stephen A. Smith said Monday when asked whether Vice President Mike Pence‘s planned early departure from the Colts vs. 49ers game was a publicity stunt.

Speaking about the issue on First Take, Smith, argued that President Donald Trump has diverted attention away from the NFL protesters’ cause — fighting racial and social oppression — and turned the protests into a referendum on patriotism.

“The President has successfully hijacked this issue,” Smith said. “He turned it into an issue about patriotism and beyond. He is catering to his base in the process.”

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