Chris Murphy: Pence walkout ‘a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers’

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Jones raised 0K a day after first Moore accusers came forward: report Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban MORE (D-Conn.) on Sunday slammed Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSome WH aides anxious over Russia probe despite reassurances from Trump lawyer: report Paul Krugman unwittingly fulfills fiscal fantasies for Republicans Ex-Pence aide on Rosie: She promised to leave US if Trump won and she's still here MORE for walking out of an Indianapolis Colts football game, calling it “a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers.”

“Don’t let these guys tell you they are fiscal conservatives. This was a multi million dollar political stunt paid for by taxpayers,” Murphy tweeted.

His comment came in response to Pence’s announcement that the vice president had left the Colts game early in protest against football players who were kneeling during the national anthem.

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Murphy’s comment on Twitter was posted along with a retweet of a post by journalist Sung Min Kim, which showed a side-by-side comparison of two seemingly identical photos of Pence and his wife at a Colts game.

Pence had posted one of the photos to his Twitter account earlier on Sunday before walking out of the game. But people online quickly pointed out that he had posted what appeared to be virtually the exact same photo years earlier.

The observation further fueled speculation that Pence’s decision to leave the game on Sunday was an elaborately staged political stunt.

Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) took to Twitter on Sunday to blast Pence’s walkout.

“CAN WE JUST MAKE IT THROUGH A WEEKEND WITHOUT THIS ADMINISTRATION ABUSING TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITH JET TRAVEL!?” the organization tweeted.

CREW’s tweet comes as several Trump administration officials find themselves facing scrutiny over their government travel.

Murphy has become one of the most vocal critics of the GOP on Capitol Hill. Following the massacre at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last week, he called on Congress to “get off its ass and do something” on gun control.