US Olympic skier embarrasses US, uses broken thumb to show complete lack of class

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, who happens to be openly gay, broke his thumb in practice last week. It won’t keep him out of the Olympics, but the next day Kenworthy tweeted one particular “silver lining” that he felt would come of it – the ‘inability’ to shake the hand of Vice President Mike Pence.

“Broke my thumb yesterday in practice,” Kenworthy tweeted. “It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic “thumbs up!” of encouragement the rest of the trip.”

Kenworthy has been openly critical of the vice president, whom he perceives as anti-gay, as recently early this month, when he called Pence a “bad fit” to lead the Olympic delegation on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“To have somebody leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBTQ community,” Kenworthy said, “and a Cabinet in general that just sort of stands against us and has tried to do things to set us back, it just seems like a bad fit.”

Kenworthy made history this year along with figure skater Adam Rippon as the first two openly gay men on the U.S. Olympic Team. Rippon has also been critical of the Trump administration over perceived “homophobia,” and has stated that he would decline to attend a White House Olympic ceremony.

Predictably, Kenworthy took a lot of heat for his tweet:

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