United States Olympic bobsledder — and Pyeongchang silver medalist — Lauren Gibbs was just trying to share the Olympic spirit when she asked First Daughter Ivanka Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a selfie, and then posted that selfie to Twitter, but it turns out that leftists on social media have no interest in respecting bipartisan bridge-building and good sportsmanship.
Gibbs, who is the brakeman for the U.S. Women's bobsled team, met Ivanka at an event on Saturday. Trump and Huckabee Sanders are in South Korea as American goodwill ambassadors and have been in the Olympic crowd, supporting American athletes in several sports, including men's bobsled and curling, since arriving late last week.
The American athlete just wanted to show how sport unites people, she said on Twitter, and so she offered to take a photo with Trump and Huckabee Sanders. She posted that photo to Twitter early Saturday morning with the hashtag #itsforAmerica.
It’s important to remember that we don’t have to agree on everything to get along, be civil to each other and enjoy each others company. #itsforamerica it was a pleasure to meet you both! pic.twitter.com/bEkenz3EF5— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 25, 2018
But sportsmanship and kindness is unacceptable where the Trump Administration is concerned, and Gibbs was quickly excoriated for daring to touch, if not openly accept a touch from, Ivanka Trump.
Congratulations. You just got used for propaganda.— I'm Not That Joe (@imtheotherjoe) February 25, 2018
I’m sorry but they are still complicit and therefore culpable. They can appear nice in person butt get support someone who is racist and taking away rights and healthcare so don’t fall for it.— Anna (@afidla) February 25, 2018
Sorry to hear you'll have regret with your Olympic experience looking back in time. Years from now you'll realize how dumb this photo was— Joe (@Joe_Munney) February 25, 2018
In the wake of reality, I pray you never regret this pic. We have to stop pretending we have to take the high road to lunacy. The only Americans not ill affected by this presidency are the wealthy and the ignorant(who think they arent).— Ronnie's daughter (@mecca72) February 25, 2018
Congrats on your medal
I agree with you in a normal circumstance, but one of these women is attacking the country you’re playing for, while the other lies about the attacks on a daily basis. I would pass. pic.twitter.com/EexlsUdu6z— LG (@0706Lg) February 25, 2018
I understand you. 100% This isnt abt us not agreeing or getting along tho “pussy grabbing” saying my black ppl are uneducated so what do we have to lose. Calling obvious nazis “very fine ppl”. This Administration isnt based on differences of opinions. But whats is right and wrong— BriaE. (@_BeaLove) February 25, 2018
Gibbs didn't take the criticism sitting down. She responded to many of the complainers with grace, the same way she approached Ivanka Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She reiterated to several commenters that she was the one who asked for the photo, and that while she doesn't agree with Ivanka's father on most issues, she wanted to thoroughly document her Olympic experience, and that included posing for her own photo with the First Daughter.
I am not falling for anything...but being nasty to them would not solve the issue...and don't get me wrong there are many issues— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 25, 2018
Being civil shouldn’t take away people’s ability to see right from wrong— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 25, 2018
Ivanka Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders will conclude their visit to South Korea by attending the Olympic Closing Ceremonies on Saturday night.