Pence just tweeted at gay Olympic figure skater and got humiliating response

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As our American Olympic delegation prepares to compete at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, figure skater Adam Rippon, who made history as the first openly gay athlete to ever qualify for the Winter Olympics, expressed outrage at the news that Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation in the opening ceremonies.

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“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “I’m not buying it.”

Concerned over the swift backlash that he received from Rippon, Pence has repeatedly attempted to mend fences with the Olympian. After getting publicly rejected trying to set up a meeting with Rippon, the Vice President instead took to Twitter.

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Of course, Twitter saw right through his transparent PR stunt.

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Prior to the tweet, Rippon has been outspoken in his opposition to engaging the homophobic Vice President.

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“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” he explained. “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. 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.”

The Olympic figure skater further claimed that, should be be invited to the White House for a post-Olympic reception, he would reject any such invitation.

“I won’t go because I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there. I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there,” he explained. “If I talked to people the way that President Trump talks to people, my mom would kick my ass.”

Pence, the fierce conservative and virulent homophobe, has been outspoken in his opposition to gay rights. He signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers for religious purposes. He has supported the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior,” has voted to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, and has claimed that LGBT military service amounts to “social experimentation.”

Perhaps Pence should look to Rippon for a lesson in what the true values of the United States are.

“What makes America great is that we’re all so different. It’s 2018 and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.”

Rippon may not yet have competed, but he’s already a hero to every American who values equality, tolerance, and love. No amount of tweeting by Pence is going to change that.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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