The strange saga between out American Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence continues today, with an increasingly strange development. Mike Pence personally tweeted Adam Rippon, blaming the “fake news” for news of Pence’s anti-LGBT record. As a result, don’t expect to see an Adam Rippon Mike Pence meeting during the 2018 Winter Games.
Pence wanted an Adam Rippon Mike Pence meeting, but Rippon refused
The tweet, which was published to Pence’s official VP Twitter account reads: “@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!”
.@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
The tweet comes after sources allege that Pence tried meeting with Rippon behind close doors to discuss, but Rippon declined.
USA Today reports:
According to two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, a member of Pence’s staff requested the conversation with the openly gay Rippon after reading the skater’s derogatory remarks about him in a USA TODAY Sports story that had been published online just an hour earlier. Rippon, the two people said, declined the invitation.
Why an Adam Rippon Mike Pence meeting won’t happen
Pence’s invitation to meet comes after Rippon dissed the Vice President in an interview with USA Today. When asked, the openly gay figure skater said he would skip the usual meet-and-greet between USA Olympic Athletes and the delegation led by Pence because of the Vice President’s stance on LGBT issues.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” said Rippon. “I’m not buying it.”
Pence’s record on LGBT rights and equality is anything but fake news. Many people have been pointing to a 2000 statement on Pence’s congressional campaign website where he supported the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior” also known as conversion therapy.
With opening ceremonies tomorrow, Rippon is just trying to focus on his sport. “I don’t want to make this too much for my competitors and for my teammates,” he said after an afternoon practice session Thursday. “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.”
Honestly, as the saga between Rippon and Pence continues, we can’t help but imagine that Rippon is thinking: