Olympic Skater Adam Rippon Is Bigoted Against Mike Pence

United States Olympic Winter Games figure skater Adam Rippon poses for a portrait at the 2017 Team USA Media Summit Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Liberals always want to "start a conversation." They want to "create a dialogue." They want people to "talk about their differences." That is, as long as you already agree with them. If not, you're an enemy and you must be shunned.

Bigotry is bad, unless the target is a Republican. Christine Brennan, USA Today:

Vice President Pence is set to arrive [in Pyeongchang, South Korea] soon to lead the official U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic opening ceremony... He was so concerned about the criticism he received from U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon that his staff went to the extraordinary length of asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a conversation between the two โ€“ an offer Rippon turned down...

The spat between the vice president and the figure skater began when I asked Rippon last month about Penceโ€™s selection for the ceremonial role...

โ€œYou mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? Iโ€™m not buying it,โ€ Rippon said.

This is interesting for two reasons: 1) Pence has never funded gay conversion therapy or expressed any interest in doing so; and 2) Rippon is now a liberal hero for refusing to talk to Pence.

Just look at this nonsense:

https://twitter.com/Shareblue/status/961294018540949504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Oh no, that homophobe Mike Pence tried to silence the gay guy! By, um... asking him to sit down and talk about what's bothering him.

It's now an article of faith on the left that Pence hates gays and wants to torture them until they stop being gay. Never mind that there's absolutely no evidence to support the claim. That's what they believe, and they're not going to listen to anybody who tells them otherwise. Their entire sense of self is wrapped up in the idea that their opponents are evil and must be stopped from destroying the world. So of course, if Pence tries to set up a meeting with a gay Olympic athlete who criticizes him, he must have some malevolent purpose.

I don't know much about figure skating, but I know it's a lot harder than it looks, and anybody who can get all the way to the Olympics has my respect. Good for Adam Rippon. But he's also an ignorant bigot, and that's not so good.

Fortunately for Rippon, he hates the people he's supposed to hate, the ones who are hated in most of America's newsrooms. He shares the media's biases and preconceived notions about the world. So when he refuses to talk to somebody he loathes, out of nothing but his own bigoted beliefs, they frame it like this:

https://twitter.com/cbrennansports/status/961241046268002305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

That's simply Orwellian. Rippon didn't back down, by... literally backing down.

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