Lindsey Vonn on backlash to her Trump comments: Some ‘hoping I break my neck’

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Lindsey Vonn on backlash to her Trump comments: Some ‘hoping I break my neck’

In an  Instagram post on Tuesday morning, U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn described the backlash she has faced since her remarks about President Donald Trump on CNN last week.

Vonn wrote that she has received comments from people "hoping I break my neck." Vonn had told CNN she would be representing "the people of the United States, not the president" in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. 

Vonn, who recently  suffered a minor back injury in Switzerland preparing for the Olympics, also wrote that some had told her, "God is punishing me for being 'anti-Trump.'"

"My recent comments (with CNN about President Donald Trump) opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now," Vonn wrote, calling the comments "hurtful." 

Vonn wrote that she's received massive feedback — positive and negative — since her Trump comments. During the CNN interview, Vonn had also said, "I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

Vonn attempted to further explain her remarks on Tuesday.

"The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party," Vonn wrote. 

"I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States... It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world."\

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