Taking his one-sided feud with the Trump administration to yet another level, gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon is now saying that he would refuse any invitations to visit the Trump White House.
Rippon helped Team USA bring home a Bronze medal in this year’s Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, South Korea, but he has placed himself at the center of constant controversy over his feelings about the Trump administration.
As the games opened, Rippon was heard loudly attacking Vice President Mike Pence who headed the U.S. delegation to the games. The Olympian called the vice president into question based on Rippon’s false assumption that Pence supported anti-gay policies — particularly a policy called “gay conversion therapy” — when he was governor of Indiana.
Despite the VP’s conciliatory replies to Rippon and his assurances that he supports all U.S. Olympians equally, Rippon continued attacking Pence throughout his time in South Korea.
In another widely reported incident, Rippon teamed with fellow gay athlete Gus Kenworthy and began posting photos to social media with a pointed message to Pence reading, “eat your heart out, Pence.”
Rippon has been attacking Pence since he got to South Korea and learned that Pence was set to lead the U.S. Olympics delegation.
Rippon expressed his distaste over Pence due to the VP’s supposed support of “conversion therapy” when he led Indiana. Conversion therapy maintains that homosexuals can choose to renounce their predilections and change their source of sexual attraction through therapy. Gay activists have criticized the treatment as a scam brought about from bigotry against their sexual preference.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon told USA Today. “I’m not buying it.”
The Office of the Vice President released a statement after Rippon spoke out:
The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang
For his part, Kenworthy also attacked Pence.
“To have somebody leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBTQ community, and a Cabinet in general that just sort of stands against us and has tried to do things to set us back, it just seems like a bad fit,” he said according to The Hill.
Even as he continues ramping up his attacks on the vice president, Rippon insisted that he didn’t want Pence to be a “distraction” for U.S. Olympians.“I don’t want to make this too much for my competitors and for my teammates,” Rippon said according to the Japan Times. “I’m just kind of focused on the competition. The opening ceremony is tomorrow. I don’t mind talking about it but I don’t want to distract my teammates.”
Pence, of course, has been gracious despite the attacks by the two skaters. In a public statement Thursday, Pence said, “I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ’em!”
Rippon also very publicly refused to visit with Pence after the vice president’s staff reached out to arrange a private meeting.
Even after his repeated attacks, ubiquitous anti-Trump statements, and ongoing screeds, Rippon then complained that Pence and Trump were “distracting” the Olympics team from their sport. -Breitbart News