During an interview with USA Today, the Olympian said he’d refuse a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence: “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.
“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. I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”
Adam added: “I don’t think he has a real concept of reality. To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.
“If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”
Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once??? https://t.co/8lcCsoyBsq
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 14, 2018
His comments about the Vice President went viral, and during a press conference in Pyeongchang, Adam said that he did not want his “Olympic experience being about Mike Pence.”
This did not sit well with Trump Jr, who tweeted in response: “Really? Then perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???”
Pence, however, has directly messaged Adam on Twitter. He told the athlete to not believe the “fake news” about his anti-gay remarks, and offered his support.
Adam has not responded to Trump Jr’s comments.
The 28-year-old figure skater became the first openly gay athlete from Team USA to qualify for the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earning a bronze medal in the men’s individual with a stunning performance to Coldplay’s O.
His relationship with fellow out athlete Gus Kensworthy also made headlines this week when they shared a kiss in defiance of Mike Pence – and the internet went wild.
The 2018 Winter Olympics is currently taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea between 9-25 February.
This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.