LAKE PLACID, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Silver medalist Adam Rippon of the United States stands for the national anthem after competing in the Men's Free Skating during day two of 2017 Bridgestone Skate America at Herb Brooks Arena on November 25, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence listens during the Vice Presidential Debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Olympian Adam Rippon refuses meeting with Vice President

For many, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was the most awaited event of the year. The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stood among many Americans in support of their country.

Adam Rippon after winning bronze |
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Pence has been known to be against the LGBTQ+ community and members of it were not the happiest to see him. American Adam Rippon, the first openly gay figure skater at a Winter Olympics who won bronze this year, refused a meeting with the Vice President.

 When the possibility of a meeting was first proposed to Rippon, he was quick to answer.

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

This led to a confused Pence to release a series of tweets talking about how proud he was of Rippon and telling him not to believe the “fake news.” The “fake news” he was referring to is his support of gay-conversion therapy, which baffled people after his support for the therapy is a well-known fact.

Rippon moved on from the traditional meeting with the official delegation and went on to win bronze in the team event, in his first Olympic games.

Rippon on the left and Pence on the right |
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After finishing his event, the topic of meeting Pence was brought up once again to Rippon and there seemed to be a change of heart.

“If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation […] 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 said.

Vice President Mike Pence is yet to respond to Rippon’s latest statement and it is unknown if he will. Rippon refusing to meet with Pence is only the beginning of making progress for the LGBTQ+ community.  Regardless of the denied meeting, Rippon went on to proudly win a medal like many other American Olympians.

Written by Leyana Nabi

Leyana Nabi is a junior and the sunburn editor for the MC Sun. She's always down for a good laugh and is an avid fan of the Mamma Mia movies.

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