Mike Pence Olympics Opening Ceremonies


Mike Pence didn’t stand for the Korean athletes at the Olympics—and Twitter noticed the irony

Give Pence a gold medal for political hypocrisy.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Feb 10, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:22 am CDT

Four months ago, Vice President Mike Pence created an expensive manufactured outrage when he attended an NFL game but then left before it began because players from both teams knelt during the national anthem. The Donald Trump administration has been adamant about players standing during the song with the president calling Colin Kaepernick a son of a bitch for failing to do so.

So, when Pence didn’t stand for the unified Korean entrance during the parade of nations at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Twitter didn’t overlook the irony. And users called him out for what they said was blatant hypocrisy.

Pence sat only a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, but according to reports, they never spoke to each other. Pence and his wife, Karen, reportedly were the only people in that suite not to stand for the Korean delegation, which was made up of South Korean and North Korean athletes during the parade.

“The vice present cheered for the team he’s rooting for. He cheered for the USA,” a U.S. official said, via CNN. “That’s the team he’s going to be cheering for all Olympics. He wants them all to win medals. He’s biased for the Americans.”

This hasn’t been a great Olympics thus far for Pence. He was ripped by openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon for his anti-LGBTQ views, and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who’s also gay, wrote on Instagram, “The 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence.”

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*First Published: Feb 10, 2018, 7:24 am CST