Murphy Bothered VP Pence Didn’t Stand for North Korea at OlympicsFebruary 12, 2018
The junior senator was bothered that the vice president refused to clap for North Korea at the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was not happy that Vice President Mike Pence refused to clap for North Korea at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday.
The Associated Press reported:
Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The dictator [Kim Jong Un]’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country’s 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind.
The White House official says Pence stood only for the U.S. team, despite other people in the box standing and applauding when athletes from the two Koreas walked in together.
Murphy was bothered, calling out Pence’s “hate” on Twitter:
Why does Pence hate the opening ceremonies? Oh wait…he's a using ceremony at a sporting event to protest something else. Where have I seen that before? https://t.co/B9sTboKVa9
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 10, 2018
While some in the media fawned over North Korea in the opening days of the Olympics – despite a clear show of propaganda from the murderous regime – others pointed out that North Korea still lives under oppression.
CNBC‘s Holly Ellyatt wrote:
North Korea has sent a delegation of athletes, cheerleaders and artists to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but how much of the event North Koreans at home will get to see is uncertain.
Restrictions on the freedom of information, and the media, in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) are the most stringent in the world, with the regime controlling all television and radio broadcasters, channels and content.
Perhaps if Murphy succeeds at ascending to the White House in 2020, we’ll see him applauding North Korea at a future Olympic ceremony.
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