Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Jr. Slams Adam Rippon For Criticizing Pence Over Gay Rights

Trump Jr. Slams Adam Rippon For Criticizing Pence Over Gay Rights

Whoopi Goldberg came up with a poignant analogy while defending openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon's refusal to meet Vice President Mike Pence before the Winter Olympics.

Adam Rippon made his 2018 Winter Olympics debut in Pyeongchang on Monday and did not disappoint.

He added on Instagram: "I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the U.S. and I'm so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this fantastic guy!"

Rippon then had a amusing response about the Olympic experience, saying it's "pretty awesome", and he'd recommend it to others. We already know that Adam has a matching tattoo with teammate Mirai Nagasu, but what about his day-to-day routine? "I bet my mom is proud".

"Right now I have a voice, and I think it's really important for me to use it".

"I had no money", Rippon told NBC Sports figure skating and gymnastics reporter Andrea Joyce after his skate during the team event.

Rippon has joked he wouldn't be at the Olympics without his haters, and has been vocal about owning who he is and being proud of that (also, his unbelievable eyebrows).

The athlete didn't always have enough money for groceries, so "I would steal all the apples they had out for all the gym members". "When I was hungry", he said, "it made me feel strong". Chan and Kolyada completed some more challenging jumps and spins that added up to higher scores, even after factoring in the one-point deduction for their falls. It's incredibly powerful, this platform that you can have at the Olympic Games.

Speaking at a press conference in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, Rippon said he stood by his recent criticism of Pence's position on LGBT rights. And I hope that in the process of me sharing who I am with everyone that they can find their voice, too. "It was kind of overwhelming because my mom has sacrificed the most for me and she, above everyone else except myself, wanted me to make the Olympic team". It has nothing to do with how I got here.

"I'm not a gay Olympian".

"I looked around and saw my competitors, they're all doing these quads, and at the same time they're a head shorter than me, they're 10 years younger than me and they're the size of one of my legs", Rippon told the Times.

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