Mike Pence is leading the delegation to the Olympics, where traditionally there’s a meet-and-greet between the delegation and the athletes, but one openly gay athlete, Adam Rippon, doesn’t want to meet Mike Pence. Newsweek:
The only time Rippon said he’d meet up with Pence would be after competing. The athlete continued to light into the administration for its anti-LGBT views, saying the vice president lacks a “real concept of reality.”
“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,” Rippon said. “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.”
Rippon is a figure skater and one of four athletes who have already announced plans to boycott the post Olympic gathering at the White House. The other three are skiers Gus Kenworthy and Lindsey Vonn, and figure skater Nathan Chen.
Rippon will likely cross paths with athletes representing 11 countries where being gay is punishable by imprisonment or even death, and dozens more that do not recognize same-sex unions or marriage.
“Yes, there will be countries represented that don’t give rights to their gay citizens,” Rippon said. “But that’s why it’s important that someone like me can go to the Olympics and show people that yes, I’m an out gay athlete, and being gay has nothing to do with who I am as an athlete.”
There are people making America great but their names are not Trump or Pence.