Lindsey Vonn details ‘savage abuse’ received due to Trump comments
Lindsey Vonn vowed this week to “not be beaten” by the “savage abuse” doled out, mostly on social media, by Internet trolls who have rallied against her due to critical comments she made about President Donald Trump.
“I think the most important thing with social media is to be who you are,” Vonn said this week, via Yahoo/Omnisport. “I think social media can be used in a positive way if you’re a good person. I feel like recently it’s just taken a different turn and I hope it turns around.
“Instead of tearing people down we can build people up. That’s what sports is about. You’re supposed to be uplifting. This is the Olympics, we cheer for every country, instead of someone hoping that someone takes a fall or skis off a cliff and dies.
“It’s hard for me to understand the thought process of the savage abuse I’ve taken on the internet. In real life most people wouldn’t say that to me to my face.
“I will not be beaten. I stand strong and I’m proud of what I represent and who I am.
“I’m very proud to hold the American flag on the podium. All Americans deserve to hold the flag and be proud of their country no matter what their beliefs because that’s what makes America great.”
Vonn inspired the backlash with comments critical of Trump during a CNN interview ahead of the Winter Olympics in which she stated a desire “to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” Vonn added she would “absolutely not” accept an invitation from Trump to visit the White House should one be extended.
Vonn previously detailed the vitriolic attacks to which she’s been subjected in a lengthy Instagram post in December. Vonn wrote of how it was “hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being ‘anti-Trump.’”