Adam Rippon is abusing his new, history-making scaffold to fight the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ agenda.
The 28 -year-old figure skater, who on Jan. 7 became the firstly openly lesbian U.S. humankind to qualifies for the Winter Games, didn’t mince words when asked about Vice President Mike Pence in a brand-new interrogation with USA Today. Rippon advocated Pence isn’t well-suited to lead the U.S. delegation to South Korea in part because he’s an outspoken resist of LGBTQ rights.
“I don’t think he has a real concept of world, ” Rippon said. “To stand by some of the points that[ President] Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a piou Christian man is completely contradictory.If he’s okay with what’s being said about beings and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called’ shitholes, ’ I think he should really going to see church.”
Rippon said his skating obligations could prevent him from encountering Pence during a meet-and-greet prior to the opening ceremony. Still, he’s devoted not to “go out of his way” to make it happen, even if he notes the time.
“If it were before my phenomenon, I would absolutely not go out of my method to meet is someone who I detected has croaked out of their channel to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a lesbian party but that they think that they’re sick, ” he said, pointing to Pence’s support of ex-gay “conversion” therapy while serving in Congress.
Though Rippon hasn’t ruled out a post-Olympics meeting with Pence because he “seems more mild-mannered” than Trump, he stressed that the vice president “doesn’t stand for anything that I actually believe in.”
“If I talked to beings the space that President Trump talks to beings, ” Rippon told the BBC, “my mom would knock my ass.”