Point/Counterpoint

Vice President Mike Pence strikes back at gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon

Here’s the story of a bullied Vice President who found his voice and stuck up for himself, putting a mean gay Olympic figure skater in his place. Not really.

But Vice President Mike Pence has released a response to gay figure skater Adam Rippon, who earlier this week criticized Pence’s anti-LGBTQ stance.

In February, the 28-year-old will be one of three male figure skaters off to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Olympics.

Rippon was quick to explain why he wouldn’t meet Vice President Mike Pence under any circumstances.

Related: Champion figure skater Adam Rippon has captured our attention

As Pink News reports, Pence will be leading the US delegation of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon asked. “I’m not buying it.”

“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.”

Well, now Mike Pence has clapped back at that response, sending off a retort via snippy spokesperson.

Pence’s press secretary Alyssa Farah had this to say:

“The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes.

“[Rippon]’s accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

Nevertheless, Pence’s stance on the LGBTQ community is well-known. Allegedly, Trump himself smirkingly says Pence wants to hang all gay people. In the 1990s, he penned an article advising employers to never hire gay people. The list goes on and on, really.

(On a side note, let’s not forget the time Trump and Pence shared a highly awkward kiss in 2016. Myah.)