Gay US Olympian Skater: ‘I Won’t Visit White House If I’m Invited’ (VIDEO)
Adam Rippon just added his name to a long list of athletes who have stated they wouldn’t go to the White House if invited, but his reasoning is much more different than the others.
The U.S. figure skater stated on Thursday he does not think he would be “welcome” as a gay athlete.
“I won’t go to the White House,” Rippon told the BBC in an interview. “I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there. I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there.”
Rippon was the first openly gay American to qualify for the Winter Olympics and believes he has ‘duty’ to be a “role model” and speak out against injustice.
The 28-year-old figure skater pointed towards the way President Donald Trump speaks to people in a manner that isn’t appropriate for a person with his job title.
“If I talked to people the way that President Trump talks to people, my mom would kick my ass,” Rippon said.
Rippon’s comments came on the same day Trump made headlines when he referred to immigrants from Haiti and some African nations as being from “shithole countries.”