Donald Trump Jr. Blasts Olympian Adam Rippon Over Mike Pence Drama

Donald Trump Jr. weighed into the feud between U.S. Olympic skater Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday night, keeping their apparent disagreements on LGBT rights in the headlines.

Rippon, who is gay, was part of the U.S. team that won bronze in the team figure skating Monday, but has repeatedly been quizzed by reporters in Pyeongchang, South Korea, about comments he made that apparently criticized Pence.

Despite insisting in a press conference that he didn't want his "Olympic experience being about Mike Pence," the issue will not go away and a tweet Tuesday night from Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, fanned the flames again.

“Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???” Trump Jr. tweeted, in response to a news report covering Rippon's press conference.

Rippon has always been vocal with his criticisms of the Vice President. During an interview with USA Today last month, he expressed his distaste at the decision to send Pence as the leader of the U.S. delegation to Pyeongchang.

GettyImages-917593158 United States Figure Skaters Vincent Zhou and Adam Rippon speak to the media during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr mocked Rippon on Twitter for making comments about Vice President Mike Pence at the press conference. Getty

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

He added: “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. I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”

Rippon was referring to Pence’s congressional campaign website in 2000, where he said resources should be “directed forward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”

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