(National Sentinel)Â Olympic-sized Diss: U.S. Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn created a firestorm last week when she toldÂ CNN she will not be “representing” President Donald J. Trump at the Winter Olympics in February.
Also, Vonn said she would not go to the White House after the event, whether she wins or not.
â€œWell I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,â€ Vonn said of the event, which will be held inÂ Pyeongchang, South Korea.
That did not sit well with a number of Trump supporters in the media, includingÂ Fox NewsÂ contributor Tomi Lahren.
â€œWhat about the Americans who are Trump supporters that voted for President Donald Trump?â€ Lahren asked on Saturday’s edition of “Fox & Friends.” â€œAre we not Americans? Does she not want to represent us?â€
Further, she pointed out that several professional athletes have felt compelled to speak out and criticize the president, even though it alienates them with at least half of their fan base.
â€œItâ€™s like patriotism is so foreign to them, they just canâ€™t stand it,â€ she added.
Vonn competed in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, only missing the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, due to a knee injury she suffered the previous year.
â€œI take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,â€ she said.
Vonn also said in her interview that she would decline any invitation to the White House.
â€œAbsolutely not,â€ Vonn said. â€œNo. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every US team member is invited so no I wonâ€™t go.â€
Lahren was clear regarding any athlete who declines an invitation to the White House.
â€œThat is a symbol of American pride, thatâ€™s patriotism, and thatâ€™s your country,â€ she said. â€œSo whether itâ€™s President (Barack) Obama, President Trump, or God forbid, if it would have been President (Hillary) Clinton, I think we still respect the office of the president and we respect the Americans who are around us who may not agree with us politically, but theyâ€™re Americans nonetheless.â€
Vonn suffered a back injury in World Cup race after she made her anti-Trump comments,Â Fox News reported. She withdrew from herÂ Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury during a super-G race on Saturday.
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