The US Women’s Soccer team advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals yesterday with a 2-1 victory over Spain. The 2 goals were scored by stalwart midfielder, Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe, who has been playing for the National Team since 2006 is nearly as well known for her politics as she is for her play.
The soccer star made waves back in 2016 when she began kneeling during the National Anthem in solidarity with NFL player, Colin Kaepernick. After Donald Trump stated that Rapinoe shouldn’t protest during the anthem, she spent much of the day unloading on the President.
When the US National Team Co-Captain was asked about her initial decision to protest the anthem, she responded, “Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.”
This week, Yahoo Sports asked Rapinoe if is feels awkward to represent the United States while Trump is in the White House. She responded, “Not really, because I feel like I’m a walking protest.”
Following Trump’s comments, Rapinoe was then asked if she would consider visiting the White House if the US team was to capture the World Cup. She curtly responded, “I’m not going to the fuc*ing White House.”
— Eight by Eight (@8by8mag) June 25, 2019
This is the second time this week that a star athlete has pledged not to go to the White House. Raptors player, Danny Green said of a potential White House visit, “He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things. To put it politely, I think it’s a hard no.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.