Adam Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to win a place on the US Winter Olympics team, has snubbed Mike Pence again after the Vice President sang his praises on Twitterhttps://t.co/mxrgas0nf4— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 8, 2018
Adam Rippon is the first out figure skater to compete at the Olympics (yes, Johnny Weir came out and is now a commentator for NBC, but he was not officially out while competing). Rippon had previously criticized Mike Pence, noting that he funded conversion therapy and has a horrible record on LGBTQ rights, in response to the news that Pence had been appointed to lead the US delegation (see post here. Mike Pence is serving as Now USA Today is reporting that Rippon refused Pence’s invitation to a meeting.
In response, Pence lied on twitter earlier today:
.@Adaripp 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!— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018