"I don't want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence".
Adam Rippon of the United States competes in the Figure Skating Team Event Men's Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2018. I'm not buying it'. "I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things". Rippon is referencing Pence's reaction to an act that provides federal funding to H.I.V. and AIDS patients.More news: Stocks Views And Recommendations: Chubb Limited (CB), Portland General Electric Company (POR)
When Pence attempted to arrange a meeting to talk to Rippon, Rippon said he wouldn't speak with Pence.
'I don't think he has a real concept of reality.
Rippon wen on to further explain his reason for refusing to meet with Pence as well in the interview. During an interview with USA Today last month, he expressed his distaste at the decision to send Pence as the leader of the US delegation to Pyeongchang.More news: After a Twitter Storm, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways
Both Rippon and Kenworthy have made it clear that they have no interest in chatting with the former in governor, who while running for Congress in 2000 posted a controversial comment on his campaign statement.
That line has dogged Pence ever since, despite his claims that they are false.
Trump Jr.is right about the fact that if Rippon didn't want to talk about politics and wanted to keep his focus just on Olympics he shouldn't have engrossed himself in such a position in the first place. "Look, I'm Catholic. I'm a faithful person, but I don't know that I want my vice president speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him". "I don't. I think that Mike Pence, say what you will about Mike Pence and his religiosity and everything else, I don't think that he's mentally ill even though he says he is hearing voices". Adam Rippon's comments would have come and gone had VP not jumped in.More news: 'Thirteen Reasons Why' Author Expelled From Writers Org For Sex Harassment
But for Rippon, 28, it's being a role model for LGBT youth back home that's important to him - not making his time at the games about a lawmaker he vehemently opposes.