Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE, saying his mother would have killed him if he spoke to women the way the president does.
While responding to a question on whether the bronze medalist would visit the White House, Rippon said he did not think he would accept a visit to the White House and noted the way Trump has treated women.
"If Donald Trump spoke to my sister or my mother the way he has spoken about other women, I mean, I just wouldn't tolerate it," Rippon told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt on Sunday.
“If I or any of my mom’s sons spoke to women or treated people the way that Donald Trump has, my mom would kill me and I would be dead,” Rippon added. “And this would be a profile of my life, not me giving an interview because I would be dead.”
The 28-year-old figure skater made headlines by speaking out against Vice President Pence leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games.
Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the Winter Games, said Pence was a “bad fit” because he thinks the vice president has often pushed anti-LGBTQ legislation.
Pence’s office sought to speak with Rippon before the games, but the athlete declined, saying he was too busy preparing to compete. He noted he doesn’t do any social activities while training.
“I felt like maybe meeting with the vice president might be a little bit more distracting than trying to see ‘Bridesmaids’ or going to Maggianos,” Rippon said. “So I had to decline it.”
Pence tweeted at Rippon right before the opening ceremony, writing “I want you to know we are FOR YOU.”
.@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 PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out 'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement MORE (@VP) February 8, 2018
Rippon said he hopes the offer to speak with Pence is still on the table because he wants to ask him if that tweet is still true.
“While I was grateful to get that tweet, will he still be for me when one day I hopefully will get married?” Rippon asked.
“When I come back home are you still for me? Are you still for that trans man or woman that wants to join the military? I think that’s what I want to ask … I think everybody deserves to have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest, especially if they want to serve their country or marry the person that they love or just go to the bathroom.”