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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Today, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
I applaud VP @mike_pence for standing for our, our military, & our country by not supporting those who take a knee rather respecting same.
3:44 PM – 8 Oct 2017

Some of the comments reacting to Representative Hartzler’s (r) cheerleading for Mike Pence’s publicity stunt:

In other words? You don’t understand the First Amendment either. Resign.

A photo op ordered by racist leader. Do u know why people are kneeling Vicky? Do u care? Or is big lobby $ more important than 1st amend?

It was a publicity stunt that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. So, thanks for wasting my money to try and make your party look cool

Morally Bankrupt Pence Stages Fake Outrage. No Comments on KLAN RALLY. Vicky, You can;t wrap everything in patriotism.

If anything it’s you & the right who are being disrespectful by brining the flag, anthem, and military into a debate they have nothing to…
…to do with. You’ve hijacked legitimate peaceful, silent protest & made it about patriotism and race. Shameful, transparent, irresponsible

You are not a serious person. Tweeting on this subject is not helping anyone. It’s an embarrassing fundraising tweet.

how do you feel about the wasted tax payers money btw?

Constitution mean much to you?

He wasted taxpayer money on a flight for a pre-planned political stunt. And you support that? You are truly horrible.

You should focus on WHY ppl are taking a knee. Some of it has to do with our white supremacist govt & ppl like yourselves who are hateful.

58 people were murdered and 500 more shot on the streets of an American city last week, and this is what you’re concerned with?

Paid protester < real protester

Protesting injustice is supporting the flag twit, I spent time in a combat zone, you?

You misunderstand & intentionally misconstrue the purpose of kneeling. Reason has always been to protest police violence and racism.

So Mike Pence can exercise his 1st Amendment right, but athletes can’t? How does this work, exactly?

And as usual you’re missing the point. These athletes taking a knee aren’t protesting the military. You’re being obtuse.

It was a stunt that Doltard J Trump put him up to, all fake patriotism down to years old picture he tweeted. Y’all say nothing about racism

You are unfit for office if you don’t understand the constitution and the right to protest. Delete your account & resign.

You are a fake patriot ignoring the injustices that are suffered under the “protection” of law enforcement. The VP wasted taxpayers money.

Why would you voluntarily inject yourself into an already failing stunt?

In 1943, in a time of war, no less:

WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. v. BARNETTE ET AL., 319 U.S. 624
“….If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us….”

High or petty.