When the next round of Mueller indictments is handed down, could the smarmy, greasy, snarky Donald Trump, Jr. be first in line? Please?
While other presidents’ children have had a hand in advancing the causes of equal rights and contributing to foreign relations advocacy, Donald Jr. spends most of the time that he’s supposed to be running Daddy’s businesses for him trolling folks on Twitter, and quite unsuccessfully. In yet another example of his failed attempts at doing his assumed job of insulting people on social media, Junior tweeted the following on Tuesday.
By Wednesday morning, his claim was thoroughly debunked and his failure to troll was once again exposed.
Mike Pence “mentioned” Adam Rippon first by requesting a meeting after the openly gay Olympic skater blasted Pence’s support of gay conversion therapy.
‘On the afternoon on Jan. 17, Pence had another focus: 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 – an offer Rippon turned down. According to two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, a member of Pence’s staff requested the conversation with the openly gay Rippon after reading the skater’s derogatory remarks about him in a USA TODAY Sports story that had been published online just an hour earlier.’
Rippon, as well as other gay Olympic athletes, have taken a stand against Pence’s infamous anti-gay stance throughout the 2018 Olympics. Pence then “mentioned” Rippon’s interview with USA TODAY again in a tweet and then specifically mentioned him by name in a subsequent tweet.
For his part, Rippon has insisted repeatedly that he had taken his opportunity to speak out against Pence’s vile anti-gay rhetoric and would take no further political stance during his time at the 2018 Winter Games.
‘I’m a U.S. athlete representing my country. I will continue to share my story, but I will participate in no form of protest. I’m representing myself and my country on the world stage. I have a lot of respect for this opportunity. What makes America great is that we’re all so different. It’s 2018 and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.’
However, Pence’s insistence about #fakenews called out the athlete once again (although he did not directly use Rippon’s name in one of the two tweets), and falsely. The claim that Pence supports gay conversion therapy comes from a statement on Pence’s campaign website in 2000. On that website, Pence insisted that federal funding for HIV/AIDS research should be redirected to other avenues first:
‘Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.’
Pence did not use “gay conversion therapy” in his statement in the same way that he did not use the name “Adam Rippon” in his first tweet about “fake news.” Unlike Junior and the Trump base, the rest of us are smart enough to know to what and whom he is referring.
Twitter offered their own response to Junior’s nonsense.
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