Rippon made headlines when he criticized Pence’s longtime hostility toward gay rights issues and has reportedly refused a meeting with the vice president. However, on Thursday Rippon clarified that he would be willing to meet Pence for an “open conversation,” but only after the Olympics had concluded.
Pence, who in 2006 said marriage equality would lead to “societal collapse,” faced some blowback from his tweet, in which he tagged Rippon and accused the media of “fake news.”
.@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
Here are some of the replies:
Hypocrite.— Vicki Lovato (@vlov327) February 8, 2018
You are skating on thin ice in many ways.— Fake Trump Troll ️ (@FakeTrumpTroll) February 8, 2018
Your credibility went out the window on this tweet when you said 'fake news'. You know your behavior and statements in the past indicate you do NOT support the LGBTQ community Adam is a part of. There is nothing 'fake' about reporting that.— Gail Turley (@AuntInAZ) February 8, 2018
If you're there for him, what has your administration done for Adam and all LGBTQ population?— Fátima (@betelxeuse) February 8, 2018
Funny. Your record doesn't seem to indicate you're for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Does that change if an Olympic gold becomes involved?— (@taylorkinz235) February 8, 2018
Hey Mike, remember this? You wonder why people don't trust you? https://t.co/bY3WMYpvHm— Wayne Shisler (@WayneShisler) February 8, 2018
Give it up Pence. Your actions speak louder than your words.— Clay Thompson (@cdogtalk) February 8, 2018
If you were "for us" then why would you oppose same sex marriage? Why do you think trans Americans aren't worthy of military service? Take your facade and faux "support for athletes" and cram it up your ass, Pence.— Ryan Ruark ️ (@RyanMRuark) February 8, 2018
This tweet does not make you a friend or ally to the LGBTQ+ community. We know you by know; your words and by your actions how you really feel about us. Until you change, @Adaripp and the rest of the LGBTQ+ have every right to keep you at arms length. We simply don’t trust you.— Parallel 50° North (@omg_yay) February 8, 2018
"You will know them by their deeds."— josh T. (@dshwa76) February 8, 2018
Adam knows exactly how "for him" you are by your works, and no amount of Tweeting is going to change that.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.