Being on the wrong side of President Trump is always a bad idea.
Trump has been winning ever since taking office, butentertainers and athletes alike just can’t come to terms with it.
But two U.S. Olympians who have been bashing Trump just got a rude awakening.
U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon became a media darling just before the 2018 games began in PyeongChang, South Korea.
He made headlines for criticizing Vice President Pence’s alleged stance on homosexuality.
In response, Pence offered to meet with Rippon to discuss the issue with him,but he refused and doubled-down instead, declaring he would not attend the White House with Team USA.
“Rippon has said he will not visit the White House after the Olympics. Instead, the skater says that he would rather do something to “help my community.”
Rippon immediately began his one-sided feud with Vice President Pence, after it was announced that the VP would lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics.
Rippon accused the VP of advocating for the funding of gay conversion therapy, based on a vague reference on Pence’s website, which did not specifically mention conversion therapy.
While there’s some dispute over the reasoning, Rippon then declined to meet with Pence when the VP offered to sit down and discuss the issue. Rippon and fellow gay athlete Gus Kenworthy then posted a picture of them both in their Team USA gear, with a caption that read: “Eat your heart out, Pence:”
While of course the media loved him for it, Rippon spoke to soon. He didn’t win anything, so there will be no visit to the White House to decline.
Then there’s the case of U.S. Olympic skier, Lindsey Vonn, who was favored to win gold in the Super G.
She also, like Rippon, has been hypercritical of the Trump administration and declared she would not be representing the President in the worldwide games at all.
However, not long after her comments, she sustained a serious injury.
Breitbart also reported:
“Lindsey Vonn made headlines months ago, when she said that she would not travel to the White House to celebrate her victories after the Winter Olympics. Now that Vonn has suffered a major setback by failing to medal in the Super-G, the internet is not letting the skier forget her past statements.
In a December 7th interview with CNN, Vonn stated that she would not go to the White House to celebrate the Olympics. Moreover, Vonn said that she did not represent Trump. Instead, the skier claimed that she represented the “people of the United States.”
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president. I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony.
“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” Vonn told CNN.
When asked if she would accept an invitation to meet with Trump at the White House, Vonn did not hold back.
“Absolutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be invited. No, actually, I think every US team member is invited, so no, I won’t go,” she said. In the same interview, Vonn said the rest of the world no longer viewed America as a country of hope.”
In both cases, Rippon and Vonn are now having to eat their own words.
Rippon didn’t win anything, and while Vonn did recover in time for the 2018 games, karma reared its ugly head one last time when—in spite of all her endorsements—Vonn didn’t place at all.
Maybe they should have put more energy into competing.