Adam Rippon on Why He Won’t Visit White House: ‘I Will Not Stand With People Who Discriminate’

Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Mikaela Shiffrin also skipping D.C. visit

Last Updated: April 27, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Adam Rippon won’t be visiting the White House on Friday with the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going,” the figure skater tweeted Friday morning. “I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.”

The figure skater said that he donated to GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross in lieu of the visit to President Trump’s residence. He encouraged others to give if they could, adding “when we’re able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great.”

Skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Gus Kenworthy, and flag bearer Erin Hamlin will also not make the trip to D.C.

Pyeongchang bronze medalist Vonn previously told CNN that at the Olympics, she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said. And when asked if she would visit the White House after the games, she added, “Absolutely not.”

Gold medalist Shiffrin has also spoken out against Trump in the past.

“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games,” Kenworthy tweeted on Thursday. “Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”

Hamlin opted to “visit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Friday morning” instead of the White House.