Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn has been public in her criticism of President Donald Trump, and that’s led to a flurry of online criticism against Vonn that she’s sought to expose.
When Vonn didn’t make the podium on Saturday in South Korea, her critics pounced. Vonn responded on Twitter, “Frustrating to be so close to the podium and to have made such a big mistake…but that’s ski racing. I’m proud of the way I skied and how I attacked the course. I gave it my all and came up short. That’s life. Now it’s on to the Downhill! 💪🏻”
The responses in the thread were not kind, with many referencing Vonn’s past criticism of Trump. “I think it was karma…” wrote one critic in the thread. Wrote another writer, “Alas, poor Lindsey. Once a highly-respected, world-class skier decided that her political views were more important than her skiing. Too bad that half of America will now remember her for her mouth rather than her skis. Maybe shoulda sought counsel from Meryl or Jane. Pitiful!”
Another wrote, “Maybe you should have focused on your sport more instead of foolishly bashing our American President right before the Olympics…”
What did Lindsey Vonn say about Donald Trump that had his supporters so upset? The most controversial comments came in an interview that Vonn gave to CNN in December 2017. The headline on the December 7, 2017 CNN story cuts right to the chase. “Lindsey Vonn: I won’t be representing US President at Winter Olympics,” it blared.
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.”
Lindsey Vonn took another swipe at Trump to CNN, when she said that she wouldn’t go to the White House if she wins a gold medal in PyeongChang. “”Absolutely not,” said Vonn to the cable news network. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every US team member is invited so no I won’t go.”
Trump supporters pounced when Vonn didn’t perform as expected, although she was getting another chance on the slopes on February 20. Some defended Vonn, however. Wrote one fan in her defense on Twitter, “How does she hate the US? She voiced her opinion on how poor our @POTUS is. Just because she disagrees with @realDonaldTrump and his awful ways does not mean she hates the US. Did you ever disagree with Obama? I did, but I still love this country. Did you ever question Obama???”