Trump Jr. slams Olympic medalist Adam Rippon
Donald Trump Jr. slammed US Olympic medalist Adam Rippon for the athlete’s criticism of Vice President Mike Pence’s position on gay rights.
The president’s eldest son was responding to a report that claimed Rippon — an openly gay figure skater — did not want his Olympic experience to be “about Mike Pence.”
“Really?” Trump Jr. retorted. “Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???”
Rippon, 28, helped the US win a bronze medal in figure skating on Sunday. He has been openly critical of Pence leading the US Olympic delegation.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” he told USA Today.
But in a recent interview, Rippon was asked about Pence and said that he did not want those issues to distract him from his Olympic goals.
“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” he said, according to CNN.
“I have no problem about what I’ve said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition.”
The quote was picked up by website The Hill, which was then retweeted derisively by Trump Jr.