The Winter Olympics are underway, and Vice President Mike Pence has been subjected to an icy reception. He was late to the opening ceremony, in which he couldn’t find his seat. Pence was there to represent Donald Trump and dine with U.S athletes – and that was even more awkward.
Social Skills Of A Tumbling Boulder
During the dinner, Pence shook hands and greeted everyone around the table, but decided to awkwardly skip over North Korea’s Kim Yong Nam, who represents the ceremonial head of state. Kim was seated between International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. It is reported that before the dinner, Pence actually refused to shake hands with Kim.
Not only that, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister sat directly behind Pence. Kim Yo-jong is arguably North Korea’s most powerful female figure. Pence simply ignored her presence.
Team USA vs. Mike Pence
Many Olympians are not here for Trump, Pence, and the administration that they represent. Two of Pence’s more noted adversaries are figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy. These Olympians are not only representing the USA, but they are also the first two openly gay male athletes to compete.
Rippon has turned down two invitations by Pence to meet and discuss god knows what. “If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon told USA Today. Pence responded by actually tweeting at Rippon, telling the figure skater that he was “for you.” That statement is a complete lie.
Kenworth also drew a line in the sand. He posted a picture of him and Rippon posing, with a caption that denounced Pence.
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