Olympian Adam Rippon made a huge mistake when he insulted Vice President Mike Pence, spewing lies about him to the media and trashing his Christian beliefs. Rippon is now regretting that dumb decision big time, as Donald Trump Jr. just wiped the smirk off his smug liberal face.
Prior to last week, you had probably never heard the name “Adam Rippon.” Truth be told, you probably wouldn’t know that name this week, if not for the fact that Rippon, who is the first openly gay athlete to compete for Team USA in the Winter Olympics, insulted Vice President Mike Pence, creating a media firestorm and cementing himself as the resistance darling of the Winter Olympics.
Rippon earned himself a spot in the headlines by criticizing the selection of Vice President Mike Pence as the U.S. delegation leader and stating that he wouldn’t visit the White House after the Winter Games.
Adam Rippon, the 2016 U.S. men’s figure skating champion who is believed to be the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, criticized the White House’s selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports Tuesday night.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “I’m not buying it.”
Rippon, 28, who was selected to his first Olympic team earlier this month after finishing fourth at the U.S. national championships, said that he would prefer not to meet Pence during the traditional meet-and-greet between the official delegation and U.S. athletes in the hours leading to the opening ceremony. It’s possible Rippon would have to miss that event anyway to be part of the team figure skating competition. [Source: USA TODAY]
“If it [the meet-and-greet] were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon said. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that,” he continued.
“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” added the figure skater. “To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory. If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”
After embarking on his Pence-bashing media tour, Rippon apparently had some regrets. In a press conference on Tuesday, the skater told reporters that despite his criticism of the vice president, he doesn’t want that to be the focus of his time in PyeongChang.
U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon said he doesn’t want his experience at the Winter Olympics to be dominated by Vice President Pence.
During a press conference Tuesday, Rippon — the first openly gay athlete selected to a U.S. Winter Olympic team — said he doesn’t want the attention on his comments on Pence to distract from his teammates. [Source: The Hill]
“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” said Rippon. “I have no problem about what I’ve said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition.”
Despite claiming that he doesn’t want his Olympic experience to be overshadowed by his incessant need to push a progressive political agenda, Rippon contradicted himself in the same breath, saying that he “can’t tone it down” because he is “being me and being myself.”
“I’ve got so many messages from kids all over the country — I’m getting so emotional thinking about it — I think that’s why it’s so important,” said the skater. “I think as an athlete I use this platform to my advantage. I think it’s giving my skating a greater purpose.”
Now, if there’s anyone who is lacking “a real concept of reality,” it’s Adam Rippon, not Mike Pence. You certainly don’t get to come out swinging against the vice president, spouting lies and slandering him in front of the world, and then expect everyone to just forget about it and focus on your disappointing ice skating performance.
Donald Trump Jr. was kind enough to put this into perspective for the gay Olympian on Tuesday, when he tweeted, “Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???”
Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once??? https://t.co/8lcCsoyBsq
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 14, 2018
If Adam Rippon didn’t want his first Olympics to be about Vice President Mike Pence, he should have shut his big liberal trap a long time ago. Now, he’s going to have to deal with the consequences. That’s just how life works — even when you’re gay, despite the leftist narrative that says homosexuals should be given special privileges.