Lance Armstrong stated supporters of Vice President Mike Pence “can’t take a joke” after the previous bike owner made a quip about overtaking Pence on a motorbike path this weekend.
On Saturday morning, Armstrong, 47, tweeted his day was “made” after he handed Pence, 60. “I can’t drop many people on a bike these days but I just blew the f**kin’ doors off Mike Pence on a Nantucket bike path,” he wrote. “Day. Made,”
The remark prompted conservatives to mock Armstrong’s testicular most cancers, his previous steroid use and even the 13-year age hole between the 2 males.
Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles for his function within the largest doping scandal in biking historical past, was blasted by a variety of Pence supporters—together with Donald Trump Jr.
“Wow dude you’re a real bad ass,” tweeted the president’s son on Sunday. “Did you need to use steroids this time too or was that just to cheat others out of wins throughout your career? #dope.”
“That is dope,” posted Christian conservative Carmine Sabia, editor of the Federalist Papers web site, making gentle of Armstrong being caught utilizing performance-enhancing medicine in 2012.
“It takes a lot of ball to say something like that,” responded “free-speech extremist” Kat Pixie, mocking the removing of certainly one of Armstrong’s testicles after being recognized with stage three testicular most cancers in 1996.
Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing radio character and former deputy assistant to President Trump, tweeted, “[Lance Armstrong], one of the most dishonest men in the World, attacks @VP Mike Pence, one of the most honest and decent men in America.”
Armstrong appeared to take the backlash in stride, responding to his critics late Saturday: “Some people can’t take a joke or even having a little fun on twitter. Lightin’ [sic] the f*ck up people. But seriously, I did blow his doors off!!”
Critics continued laying into Armstrong on Sunday, although, with conservative weblog PJ Media gleefully suggesting he was “stripped of [a] participation trophy.”
“Wow, a pro athlete whooped an elderly man in the sport of his choice!! Such a badass you are!! ,” one irate Twitter consumer replied to Armstrong. “Sooo… the guy who cheated to win all his championships now thinks it’s winning to ride a bike faster than a 60 year old who wasn’t even trying to race him… got it.”
The vp and his spouse, Karen, are visiting Nantucket this weekend for a collection of Republican Party fundraisers and a gathering with Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Pence has not publicly acknowledged seeing Armstrong in Nantucket this weekend.