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    VP Pence attempts to inject his politics and gay-hatred into the Olympics

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    Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record


    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/s...-olympics.html

    The 2018 Winter Olympics officially opened on Friday but the first bit of drama has already boiled over: a three-way dispute between Adam Rippon, the first openly gay American man to qualify to compete in the Winter Games; Mike Pence, the conservative vice president and longtime opponent of gay rights; and the newspaper USA Today.

    As controversies go, this one seems to have it all. Mr. Rippon, a charismatic 28-year-old figure skater, newly minted gay icon and social media darling, criticized Mr. Pence for his opposition to gay rights and long-rumored support of conversion therapy, a discredited practice that proponents claim can make gay people straight.


    Mr. Rippon also declined an invitation to meet with Mr. Pence before the Games, his agent said.

    Mr. Pence and his spokespeople have pushed back, arguing that he does not support conversion therapy, which has been discredited by the medical community and condemned by rights groups.


    And the snub from Mr. Rippon? They say it never happened because they never asked him to meet in the first place.


    How the controversy began

    The dispute began on Jan. 17, when Mr. Rippon criticized the White Housedecision to give Mr. Pence the ceremonial role of leading the United States delegation to the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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

    He said he would prefer not to meet Mr. Pence at the informal gathering of American athletes and the official delegation held before the Games.

    “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,” Mr. Rippon told the newspaper.



    An invitation and a rejection


    But two weeks later, things escalated.

    On Wednesday, USA Today reported that Mr. Pence’s office was so concerned about Mr. Rippon’s criticism that it had taken the unusual step of asking the United States Olympic Committee to arrange “a conversation between the two.”

    Mr. Rippon, true to his word, would not meet with the vice president, the paper reported.

    That seemed to be too much for Mr. Pence.


    On Thursday, he lashed out at the paper, tweeting that the report was “fake news” and that the journalist who had written it was bent on dividing Americans. But he was careful not to criticize Mr. Rippon.





    Adam Rippon practiced at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea, on Wednesday.


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    Pence seems to be pro-Rippon.
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    Mike Pence Is Getting Roasted Over Refusing To Stand For Korea At The Olympics Opening Ceremony


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    Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence were sent to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea on Friday.

    The couple was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as just feet away from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong — who, according to the AP, they did not interact with.

    But because there is never a moment when this administration doesn’t seem petty and vindictive, when athletes from North and South Korea walked in together, the vice president and “mother” reportedly refused to stand, getting up and applauding only for the United States team.

    The gesture of protest smacks of irony, as you’ll recall that back in October, the Pences made a big show of exiting a Colts-49ers game when players for the 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.

    The peaceful protest was hardly a surprise as the team had been doing it all season, and the move ended up backfiring on the vice president when the price tag for his calculated tantrum surfaced.



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    The title of the NYT article is "Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record" not "VP Pence attempts to inject his politics and gay-hatred into the Olympics."

    The NYT article states the Rippon started it and when he continued to pursue it, Pence responded by asking for a chance for the two of them to meet and talk.

    Even the bits cited in the OP says Pence supports Rippon.

    Rippon seems to be the one making political hay out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exotix View Post
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    Mike Pence Is Getting Roasted Over Refusing To Stand For Korea At The Olympics Opening Ceremony


    http://uproxx.com/viral/mike-pence-olympics-korea-twitter/

    Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence were sent to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea on Friday.

    The couple was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as just feet away from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong — who, according to the AP, they did not interact with.

    But because there is never a moment when this administration doesn’t seem petty and vindictive, when athletes from North and South Korea walked in together, the vice president and “mother” reportedly refused to stand, getting up and applauding only for the United States team.

    The gesture of protest smacks of irony, as you’ll recall that back in October, the Pences made a big show of exiting a Colts-49ers game when players for the 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.

    The peaceful protest was hardly a surprise as the team had been doing it all season, and the move ended up backfiring on the vice president when the price tag for his calculated tantrum surfaced.



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    Ahah! This is a Pence hit piece. Nice one, exo!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Ahah! This is a Pence hit piece.

    Nice one, exo!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    The title of the NYT article is "Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record" not "VP Pence attempts to inject his politics and gay-hatred into the Olympics."
    The NYT article states the Rippon started it and when he continued to pursue it, Pence responded by asking for a chance for the two of them to meet and talk.
    Even the bits cited in the OP says Pence supports Rippon.
    Rippon seems to be the one making political hay out of it.
    Agreed. It appears Pence wants to keep attention on the Olympics and that Rippon wants to use the Olympics to score political gay-agenda points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    The title of the NYT article is "Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record" not "VP Pence attempts to inject his politics and gay-hatred into the Olympics."

    The NYT article states the Rippon started it and when he continued to pursue it, Pence responded by asking for a chance for the two of them to meet and talk.

    Even the bits cited in the OP says Pence supports Rippon.

    Rippon seems to be the one making political hay out of it.
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    Agreed. It appears Pence wants to keep attention on the Olympics and that Rippon wants to use the Olympics to score political gay-agenda points.
    Tell us why again that of all the USA Olympians ... Pence has to meet with a gay one ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by exotix View Post
    Tell us why again that of all the USA Olympians ... Pence has to meet with a gay one ?
    Because Rippon is making a political issue of what might in effect be fake news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exotix View Post
    Tell us why again that of all the USA Olympians ... Pence has to meet with a gay one ?
    I give up, why?

    It appears that Rippon made a lot of accusations, using his Olympic status to spin a political statement against Pence and Pence was simply offering to discuss it with him. Who do you think is the bigger jerk here; Pence or Rippon?
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