USA Today: Adam Rippon Turns Down Meeting with Vice President Pence

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US Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon turned down a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence after criticizing him for his stance on gay rights, USA Today reported Wednesday.

After reading a January 17 interview in which Rippon criticized Pence, the vice president’s staff asked the US Olympic Committee to set up a conversation that same day between the athlete and the politician, which Rippon ultimately declined, USA Today’s Christine Brennan reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the situation. Brennan is also a CNN sports analyst.

The vice president’s office did not respond to a CNN request for comment earlier Wednesday. After CNN’s story published, Jarrod Agen, the vice president’s communications director, disputed USA Today’s reporting.

“The USA Today report is false and should be corrected. The vice president’s office did not reach out to set up a conversation with Mr. Rippon. As we’ve said before, the vice president is supporting all the US athletes in the Olympics and is hoping they all win medals,” Agen said.

Rippon’s publicist Lynn Plage offered no further comment on the matter.

Last month, Rippon, who is one of two openly gay American Olympians at the Games, blasted the White House for tapping Pence to lead the official US delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic opening ceremony.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said in a January 17 interview with USA Today.

Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for Pence, provided the newspaper with a rebuttal to Rippon’s remarks.

“This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact,” Farah said in a statement. “Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the US athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, which allowed business to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of religious freedom.

In that same January 17 interview, Rippon said he “wouldn’t go out of my way” to meet with Pence during the meet-and-greet between the US Olympic athletes and the US delegation before the opening ceremony.

“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon told the newspaper.

The US men’s figure skating champion, however, said, “If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation.”

“He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in,” Rippon added.

During a conference call with reporters last Monday, Rippon insisted that he was not “trying to pick a fight” with the vice president, but instead remain focused on training, according to USA Today.

Rippon, 28, and U.S. skier Gus Kenworthy, 26, are the first two openly gay Winter Olympic athletes representing Team USA. Kenworthy also took issue with the vice president leading the U.S. delegation, calling it a “strange choice in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Monday.

Both Rippon and Kenworthy said they would skip visiting the White House when President Donald Trump invites Team USA after the Olympics.

This story has been updated to reflect comment from Pence’s office.


  • 🤗

    All of the lgbtq community always have something to say when people disagree about their lifestyle choice. No one can have a Christian belief about it. If you’d then they say you’re a hater, bigot, racist whatever. Bit yet they have more freedom than anyone in this country. It’s sickening. Thank you Obama for your bs.

  • Ew

    So many sad, old men in the comments section. Your feelings are hurt because he’s gay? Aww, how cute!! Funny, ya’ll are allowed to have uneducated opinions, but once someone’s differs, your feelings are so hurt you must lash out on social media and comment sections. Really, enlighten me with your lack of education and caring for others. It’s super entertaining!

    • trucker

      Looks like it was written by Shareblue media. Shareblue media has ties to China through Moko Social Media Ltd. But maybe you came up with this all by yourself IMHO

  • Gay logic

    Militant gays: ‘We’ll force people to make cakes and dresses for us and if they don’t, we’ll try to ruin their businesses’. Also Militant gays: ‘There’s no way we’ll have any dialogue with the second most powerful position in the USA’. Make up your minds already, geez.

    • Pennywise

      Yet here you are, reading the homoerotic headline and commenting for attention. You found it irresistible, didn’t you?

  • Dave M

    Thank you Obummer for releasing all of these cup cakes out of the closet, im sure this freak won’t have a problem taking both knees for the brown eye metal.

    • bob

      that may be his game , even if he fails at the olympics he knows going against the trump admin. will make him the most fabulous gay in the land.

  • Jeff Woehrle

    If the ice princess doesn’t want a distraction, why did he bring it up?

    Vice President Pence showed class. The snowflake shows crass.

  • Frank K.

    What a FAKE NEWS headline. The headline leads me to believe that VP Pence was interested in meeting with Adam Rippon. But as I read the story, I realize that Rippon just won’t attend any event that he could meet VP Pence until after his competition. And that Rippon won’t visit the White House if/when invited after the Olympics.

  • Grow Up

    So, Princess Snowflake skater isn’t interested in any dialogue, it just wants to stir the pot. It won’t meet with the VP because it knows Pence isn’t anti gay.

  • matt edwards


    • matt edwards

      any of these’ groups’ that get special protected status thinks they are above the rest of NORMAL people.

  • MMMM

    Why must everyone conform to the snowflakes!? It’s a persons right to believe in what he does. Even against one’s religion. So why call the VP out on his beliefs. It’s the VP’s rights to his own opinion and beliefs. People need to get over themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sick and tired of having to believe in what everyone else does. I WILL NOT CONFORM!!!!!!!!!!!

    • wake up

      You sir don’t have to “believe” in anything. However we are (well were until recently) a nation of laws as well operating under the principle of separation of church and state. If Pence wants to impose his “beliefs” and make people suffer just for being who they are, they he should leave public office and go hide in any of his rat-hole churches (under the robe of a priest).

      • matt edwards

        off yo meds again. funny when the right has ‘beliefs’ we are supposed to hide them but yo leftist flaunt it our faces daily. like the ahole knee ‘ers and hollyweird . yo leftist are upset because unlike decades b4 the right has woken up. go pence go, 2024 !

      • You sound very tolerant

        So please enlighten us – exactly what does ‘separation of church and state’ mean? Not your interpretation, what’s the letter of the law? What rights (under the present administration) do gays no longer have that they had under Obama? What laws have been passed since 1/20/18 that repress or marginalize gays? Can’t wait to hear your answers.

  • wake up

    Well done Mr. Rippon! You get a gold medal for doing the right thing and standing up for human rights. I guess Pence will have to run home and cry to his wife who he (actually) calls “Mommy.” Pathetic.

    • Woke

      Standing up for human rights… So exactly what right is he standing up for by acting like a child by saying he wouldn’t meet with the VP? What rights does he not share with the rest of the normal world? WTH else do these sinners want? Get over yourselves already.

  • joe

    this poor, poor fruitloops is a nobody in the realm of things & he really thinks he’s proving a point.
    the only point he’s proving is that his parents should have taken him to a DR the first time they caught him wearing mommies panties.
    let’s see if the lib loonies at the station delete this

  • Hammer

    All this is once again a nobody trying to make a name for himself. Why doesn’t he go and ask Obama and all the dems why after every election they forget about the gays? Crickets… Also, I can care less about this guy. He means nothing. I’m sick of having this stuff shoved down my throat.

    • Scott

      Couldn’t agree more. They are welcoming of everyone’s beliefs, as long as it agrees with theirs. Makes me sick.

      • Hammer

        Correct, they automatically call you a racist if you have a different perspective. It doesn’t even have to be about the gays. It’s disgusting. They are mia guideded hipster Philly living morons.

      • wake up

        Sorry Hammer, you don’t get to have a “perspective” or pick and choose about human rights. Human rights are universal. Everyone has a right to be judged by their character and not some random quality of your choice. You, in fact, have expressed the very core of racism.

    • Hammer

      Oh really mr wake up? I think your definition of racism is a little off. I’d go on webesters dictionary and look it up. Being gay has nothing to do with race. Secondly I never said anything about him being gay. In fact I said I don’t care what he is fat or not. You are the racist. Keep drinking the cool aid.

  • Scott

    No one cares that this nobody turned down a chance to meet Pence. I personally have never heard of this dolt. In no way, did his decision alter my life. Who cares?!?!? Go back to being a worthless figure skater. I’ll be impressed if you contribute to mankind. Bye.

  • Values

    “But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up.” Kind of like how the outgoing administration didn’t represent the values of the silent majority of deplorables today. Which is why we have the current administration. MAGA!!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    That’s because the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ E-I-E-I-O crowd is content to wallow in its own self absorbed hate. Communicate with the other side? NO WAY!

    God forbid the other side have a legitimate argument or debate for that matter.

    Gay is old news anymore. It’s all about the tran bathrooms now.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Sorry, not tran bathrooms. GENDER IDENTITY CRISIS!!

      Sorry, I can’t keep up with my zombie libtard insanity.

      • matt edwards

        unfortunately the leftist socialist teachers are teaching gender identity in kindergarten ! they claim you can tell if you have a gender identity at age 2 or 3 ! it HIGH TIME WE TAKE BACK OUR SCHOOLS AND HIGHER EDUCATION FROM THE LEFTIST SOCIALIST HOLLYWEIRD CROWD !

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