Olympic Gold Medalist and Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi is getting a lot of hate for her endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a recent video produced by Romney Super PAC Restore our Future in which she praises Romney for the success of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Angry liberals are taking to Twitter to slam Yamaguchi with inappropriate personal attacks, Twitchy has reported.
On July 30, John Gravener (@johngravener) wrote, “So @kristiyamaguchi hates women, poor people, and gays.” Another slam, this time by Twitter user @tcita, stated: “I assume all the Olympic coverage reminding her that she’s a hasbeen drove Kristi Yamaguchi to make this commercial.” Marcus Garza (@Marcus_Garza) even suggested stripping her of her Olympic accomplishments, stating, “Can we take her medals away?”
Yet, Yamaguchi is simply exercising her First amendment rights by endorsing Romney. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Katy Perry have similarly endorsed Obama and have received much less criticism. The personal attacks on Yamaguchi are not only unwarranted, they are completely beside the point.
In the video ad, Yamaguchi says of Romney’s work at the 2002 Winter Olympics, “Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope.” She is joined by two other Olympians, 2002 Gold Medalist in Skeleton Jimmy Shea, and 2002 Gold Medalist in Speed Skating Derek Parra, who both praised Romney as well.
Fraser Bullock, Chief Operating Officer of the 2002 Winter Games, also contributed to the ad, explaining, “[Mitt Romney] faced a $400 million budget deficit and turned that around to a $100 million surplus.”