Figure skater Adam Rippon has been very outspoken about his feelings on Mike Pence’s homophobia. And the White House is not happy about it.
Adam Rippon is showing the true spirit of an Olympian by refusing to back down on his criticism of the bigotry in this administration.
On Wednesday, USA Today reported that Mike Pence’s staff tried to set up a one-on-one meeting with the outspoken figure skater in an attempt to stop Rippon from being so critical about the Vice President’s homophobia. But Rippon wanted no part of it.
Rippon was asked last month how he felt about Pence leading the American delegation at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Olympic games in South Korea. The openly gay athlete said, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
“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.”
On Wednesday, Mike Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, tried to deny that Pence is a raging homophobe. She said, “This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.”
The problem is, Rippon is right and Pence has a proven track record of attacking the LGBT community.
Previously, Pence has said that he supported using federal tax dollars to be “directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
And, when Pence was the Governor of Indiana, he championed and signed into law the controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which allowed Indiana businesses to legally discriminate against gays.
Because of massive national backlash, Pence was eventually forced to take the bill back and change some of the worst parts of the law.
Donald Trump may have rewarded Pence’s bigotry with the Vice Presidency, but the gay community has not forgotten who Pence really is.
And Rippon is not the only Olympic athlete to speak out against this administration.
Skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn has also said that she is not interested in meeting with Trump or Pence. In December, Vonn said, “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.” And when she was asked if she would accept an invitation from the White House if she wins gold she said, “Absolutely not.”