Every anti-Trumper should read Olympian Lauren Gibbs’ response to haters bashing photo with Ivanka

Lauren Gibbs proves civility is not a lost virtue.

The silver medal-winning Olympic bobsledder on Sunday delivered a graceful response to critics of her photos with First Daughter Ivanka Trump at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Silver medalist of the women’s two-man bobsled, Lauren Gibbs of the United States, right, takes a selfie with Ivanka Trump during the third heat of the four-man bobsled competition final at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena).

Gibbs posted a selfie she took with Trump to Twitter, and was immediately met with harsh replies from disapproving Twitter users.

One person wrote that history would come to see President Trump “as an equal to Hitler. Your children and grandchildren will be so embarrassed of you for this picture.”

“We have a fortune teller on our hands…” Gibbs shot back.

Another user accused the African-American athlete of being “complicit citizen to the very people working against your chance at a better life.”

“Not complicit, just hoping that there is a better way,” Gibbs wrote. “[I]dealistic… Maybe but I would rather go that route than the back and forth name calling…”

Lauren Gibbs starts putting her medal on Ivanka Trump. (Eric Gaillard/Pool Photo via AP).
Lauren Gibbs puts her medal on Ivanka Trump. (Eric Gaillard/Pool Photo via AP).

Elana Meyers Taylor, who along with Gibbs won the silver medal at the two-woman bobsledding finals, spoke out in support of her teammate.

“Choosing to spread love is never a bad thing, even if it’s explaining bobsled to a politician’s daughter. The only way to fight hated and bigotry is through love,” Meyers wrote.

Gibbs ultimately deleted the selfie and explained why in a subsequent tweet.

Gibbs’ comments were in stark contrast to fellow Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who took a swipe at Ivanka Trump’s role leading the US delegation at the games’ closing ceremony.

Many Twitter users offered praise for Gibbs’ willingness to break down political barriers.


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