World champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn has joined other misguided Olympic athletes who think the American people give a damn about their political opinions. Vonn had the nerve to mock President Donald Trump, but she was smacked with a brutal reality check as soon as she hit the slopes during the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
In an interview with CNN back in September, when Vonn was in St. Moritz, Switzerland, gearing up for the Games, she slammed President Donald Trump and his administration.
“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony. 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.”
Asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold in Pyeongchang, Vonn replied, “Absolutely not.”
Lindsey Vonn really showed her ass with these comments. For one, Donald Trump is one of the American people. Thus, she is representing him at the Olympic Games, whether she likes it or not.
Secondly, if she thinks that anyone cares to hear her political opinions, she is sorely mistaken. She seems to be under the same false impression as celebrities who believe that their fame somehow qualifies them to weigh in on politics. Apparently, the attention Vonn has received for her athletic achievements has gone to her head.
As a representative of the United States abroad at the Olympic Games, athletes competing for Team USA should be promoting one agenda and one agenda only: American patriotism. That does not include bashing the Commander-in-Chief.
Vonn was given a chance to walk back her comments two days after the CNN interview, but she doubled down, saying, “I was asked my opinion and I gave it. I mean, it’s not necessarily my place to be sticking my nose in politics, but as an athlete, I do have a voice.”
True. She shouldn’t “stick her nose in politics.” Perhaps she ought to listen to her own advice.
“There’s definitely been a lot of people that have made their voice heard and made a positive impact,” Vonn added, according to Fox News. “I’m not trying to be negative in any way, I’m trying to be positive.”
After her insolent remarks, Vonn was taught a brutal lesson in karma this week when she surprised everyone by not medaling in the women’s Super-G race in Pyeongchang — her first loss in eight years. It was the result of a mistake late in the race which ultimately cost her a medal.
Of course, no one had forgotten that Vonn had insulted President Trump two months prior, and they immediately took to Twitter to add insult to injury.
Ann Coulter said it best, tweeting, “At least Lindsay Vonn won’t have to worry about that invitation to the White House now.”
At least Lindsay Vonn won't have to worry about that invitation to the White House now.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 18, 2018
Anthony Scarramucci, President Trump’s former chief of staff, also chimed in with a hilarious meme:
— Anthony Scarramucci (@AnthonyScarramu) February 18, 2018
One Twitter user even shared the perfect GIF:
— Kevin Robinson (@krobinson_3232) February 18, 2018
Lindsey Vonn is entitled to her own political opinions just like the rest of us. But, she would do well to keep them to herself. She may be a formidable athlete, but that in no way makes her an authority when it comes to politics.
Vonn will no longer have to worry about visiting the White House when she returns to the United States with her tail between her legs. That honor is reserved for patriots and champions, of which she is neither.