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Watch: Out Figure Skater Adam Rippon Gets Political, Says He Wouldn't Feel Welcomed at White House

Friday Jan 12, 2018
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Out figure skater Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay male athlete to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, got political with an interview with BBC this week.

The athlete explained he wouldn't feel welcomed if he was invited to the White House.

"I don't think somebody like me would be welcome there," said Rippon, 28, told the BBC. "I know what it's like to go into a room and feel like you're not wanted."

Rippon went on to say he has no problem speaking out when it comes to things he believes.

"I think it's important that we stand up for what we believe in and we speak out against thinks that we think are wrong and unjust," he said. "If I talked to people the way that President Trump talks to people my mom would kick my ass."

Rippon has recently spoken out on Twitter what it means to be an openly gay athlete and go to the Olympics.

Watch Rippon's BBC interview below.


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