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Pence tweets support for gay U.S. Olympian who trashed him: ‘We FOR YOU’

US Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon allegedly shot down the opportunity to meet with the Vice-President of the Pence, but Pence still cheered Rippon on Twitter Wednesday evening.

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Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted his support Wednesday morning for openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, sounds like a magnanimous note: after the 28-year-old repeatedly criticized Pence on social media.

Rippon, who is believed to compete the first openly gay man, for the USA at the Olympic games, took aim at Pence in January for what the skaters were, said the Vice-President of the anti-gay views.

The Olympian refused also, pointedly, an invitation to a meeting with Pence, USA Today reported, even though the vice president’s office, denied Pence had tried to meet one-on-one with Rippon.

“You mean, Mike Pence, is the same Mike Pence, financed gay-conversion-therapy?” the figure skater said “USA Today”, when informed that he might be able to meet Pence, when he arrived at the Games in South Korea. “I’m not buying it.”

During his successful 2000 congressional race in Indiana, Pence ‘ s website to explain his support for the redirection of resources “to those institutions, the help for those who need to change their sexual behavior” – a plank, said some critics, referred to conversion therapy, rather than safer sex practices.

On Wednesday, Pence seemed to aim to the story.

To cheer on “the Olympic games, #TeamUSA tweeted,” Pence. “A reporter tries to distort 18 yr old nonstory to sow division. We will not allow that to happen! #Fake news. Our athletes are the best in the world, and we are here for ALL of you! #TEAMUSA.”

Went to the Olympic games, #TeamUSA cheer. A reporter tries to distort 18 yr old nonstory to sow division. We will not allow that to happen! #Fake news. Our athletes are the best in the world, and we are here for ALL of you! #TEAMUSA

— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) 8. February 2018

Pence, who was sent by the White house along with his wife, Karen, the U.S. delegation at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang from Feb. 9-25, Rippon went directly.

.@Adaripp I want you to know we are here FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news to distract. I’m 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) 8. February 2018

“@Adaripp I wrote that, you know, we are here FOR YOU,” Pence,. “Don’t let the fake news to distract. I’m 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!”

The positive messages on Twitter drew a sharp contrast with Rippon ‘ s contributions on the same platform. Rippon, he “does not think before that USA Today said” “[Pence] has tweeted a real concept of reality,” that Pence had hurt members of the gay community.

“Personally, I have nothing to say, Mike Pence,” Rippon wrote in January. “Given the chance to speak, after the Olympic games, I would want to bring with me people that [sic] were violated by legislation that he has championed.”

The Vice-President drew the IRE of some in the LGBTQ community with the signing of the religious freedom Restoration Act into law as Governor of Indiana, in 2015, which critics claimed encouraged discrimination against gay people.

The VP had little impact on my own life. I am not speaking for myself, I said, because it is important to give a voice to those who do not have the feeling.

— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) 20. January 2018

Despite the bad blood, Rippon open seemed to meet with Pence after the Games.

“If I had the chance to meet him, and then, after I’m done competing, there may be a possibility of an open conversation”, Rippon, told USA Today. “He seems to be more mild-mannered than Donald Trump.”

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