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Openly Gay Figure Skater Adam Rippon Agrees That Mike Pence, Who Sucks, Sucks

Remember Mike Pence? He’s awful! I haven’t thought about him much since October when Trump joked in front of New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer that his Vice President wants to “hang them all,” “them” being the gays. But, yeah. Still bad! Always worth remembering that he’s the actual worst. Or at least one of the many actual worsts voted into office.

Thank you, Adam Rippon, for the reminder of how much Mike Pence sucks. Rippon, a men’s figure skating champion who is believed to be the first openly gay Winter Olympian from the U.S., told USA Today that he would rather not meet Mike Pence, who was picked to lead the 2018 U.S. delegation in Pyeongchang.

“You mean Mike Pence? The same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “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.”

While representatives for Mike Pence have denied his support of gay conversion therapy, which is bad and doesn’t work, the website for his 2000 congressional campaign proposed diverting federal funding for people seeking treatment for HIV/AIDS towards “institutions which provide assistance for those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

“I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that,” he said.

Who would? Dude calls people who aren’t his mom “mother” and has a pet bunny. Not to advocate bullying, but I’m also not not advocating bullying in the case of Mike Pence.


Harron Walker

Harron Walker is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work can be found on Vice, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Them, and a bunch of other places.

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