Donald Trump Jr. blasted out athlete Adam Rippon over comments he made about Vice President Mike Pence earlier this year.
During an interview with USA Today, the Olympian said he’d refuse a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence: “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.
“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. I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”
Adam added: “I don’t think he has a real concept of reality. 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.”
His comments about the Vice President went viral, and during a press conference in Pyeongchang, Adam said that he did not want his “Olympic experience being about Mike Pence.”
This did not sit well with Trump Jr, who tweeted in response: “Really? Then perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???”
Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once??? https://t.co/8lcCsoyBsq
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 14, 2018
Pence, however, has directly messaged Adam on Twitter. He told the athlete to not believe the “fake news” about his anti-gay remarks, and offered his support.
“.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
Adam has not responded to Trump Jr’s comments.
The 28-year-old figure skater became the first openly gay athlete from Team USA to qualify for the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earning a bronze medal in the men’s individual with a stunning performance to Coldplay’s O.
His relationship with fellow out athlete Gus Kensworthy also made headlines this week when they shared a kiss in defiance of Mike Pence – and the internet went wild.
The 2018 Winter Olympics is currently taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea between 9-25 February.