Adam Rippon seized the spotlight on Sunday with a flawless figure skating routine at the Winter Games that had many Americans questioning the judges who ranked him third, but comments Rippon made after that performance might be turning heads in Washington on Monday.
Speaking with the Daily Mail after his competition, Rippon made it clear that he has no intention of taking part in any post-Olympics ceremony at the Trump White House.
“No. I have no desire to go to the White House,” Rippon said. “But I would like to do something to help my community.”
Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy are the first openly gay athletes to compete for the U.S. at the Winter Games. Both have publicly voiced their disapproval with the decision to send Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said in January. “I'm not buying it.”
“Eat your heart out, Pence,” Kenworthy wrote in an Instagram post of the two athletes at Friday's opening ceremony.
“I have kind of spoken out a lot and I'd like to do something positive and not just stay at home,” Rippon told the Daily Mail, hinting that he may be organizing his own event to coincide with a White House visit.
Pence took to Twitter ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games to attempt to reach out to Rippon, claiming that “fake news” was trying to distract the skater:
.@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!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
Based on Adam Rippon's latest comments, Pence's tweet appears to have fallen flat.