“Everybody is really quick to force their opinion on someone else” – Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin recently sat down with CNN’s ski outlet, Alpine Edge and said she is refusing to get political during these mid-term elections due to the blowback seen by various athletes from Colin Kaepernick to Lindsey Vonn.
She cited a “toxic” political atmosphere in the United States that has people at each other’s throats based on their individually held beliefs.
“If the whole political climate wasn’t as toxic then maybe it would be more attractive, maybe it would be easier for me to be proud of voting and be able to say, ‘Yeah, I voted for this person and here’s why,’ and not feel like I’m going to get totally hammered for that.” – Mikaela Shiffrin (*Quote courtesy of CNN)
Other winter sports athletes such as Gus Kenworthy and Lindsey Vonn have been outspoken in their opposition to the president, Donald J Trump. As a result of those stances, both saw rage from conservatives on social media and nobody wants to see that.
Find the entire CNN interview here: US ski star says political climate too ‘toxic’ to air views