After the US women's soccer team won the World Cup this week, the team's captain, Megan Rapinoe, called out US President Donald Trump, during an interview with CNN. Rapinoe told host Anderson Cooper that Trump has an exclusionary attitude towards many Americans, even though he says that he cares for every single citizen in the country.
"Your message is excluding people. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you," Rapinoe said to the camera, with a message aimed directly at Donald Trump.
Rapinoe told cooper that "we need to have a reckoning" with the idea of "Making American Great Again", because "you're harking back to an era that was not great for everyone -- it might have been great for a few people, and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world."
"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," Rapinoe added.
“I’m not going to the f*****g White House. We’re not gonna be invited, I doubt it,” she said during an interview.
In a later statement, Rapinoe clarified her comments, saying that, “[Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline,” she said. “Or, like he did when the (NBA’s Golden State) Warriors turned him down (in 2017), he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”
At the time she made her comments, the final game had still not been played, so Trump responded by saying that the team should not be counting their eggs before they hatched.
"She should WIN first before she talks!" and "Finish the job!"
"We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear," Trump said at the time.
The US Women’s team won the world cup in a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands.
I’m at the Women’s World Cup parade early and Emily Yoo, 22, said she got here at 6 am with these signs.
“Hopefully I get to see one of them, they’ll notice the signs and appreciate it.” pic.twitter.com/Gu6ySxPqSn
— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) July 10, 2019