Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rapinoe says US World Cup teammates will snub White House

Rapinoe says US World Cup teammates will snub White House

USA women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe defended her decision to kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, conceding that she was aware the protest would make "people uncomfortable".

When asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper what she would say to Trump, Rapinoe looked into the camera and said, "Your message is excluding people".

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties", she told American Soccer Now at the time. "What you're saying about Make America Great Again, I think that you're harking back to an era that was not great for everyone".

She continued. "You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better for everyone".

The Reign FC player asserted that "I'm not going to the f***ing White House" to meet Donald Trump, a tradition in American sports, while repeatedly discussing her views on the president and the team's fight for equal pay.

They celebrated their victory with a ticker tape parade in NY on Wednesday. Prior to the Women's World Cup, the USWNT involved in the lawsuit agreed to participate in mediation to help resolve the dispute. "Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose".

That drew an angry response from the president, who said she should "never disrespect our country" and demanded that "Megan should win first before she talks".

If such a gathering should take place in the White House, it is unclear if anyone in the team would even want to go, with several players echoing Rapinoe's sentiments.

Megan Rapinoe has reminded Donald Trump of his "incredible responsibility" as President of the United States, amid an ongoing row which endured throughout the 2019 Women's World Cup. She drew the United States president's ire when a video clip recorded in May of her saying "I'm not going to the f.g White House" was published the day after the U.S. advanced to a quarterfinal match against France. "I don't quite understand where the miss is because I think a lot of the people that disagree with me would benefit greatly from a world that is better for everyone". They deserve credit for that when we talk about all the other federations of the world.

Aside from the silly calls for "equal pay" and her undeniably impressive play, Rapinoe has stuck out on the women's team for her national anthem protest.

"I don't think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration", she said. This World Cup just shows, really, what federations do support their teams, and who really made it the furthest.

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