Megan Rapinoe: Not Many, If Any, US Women’s Soccer Players Would Attend White House
Megan Rapinoe drew criticism last week when a video went viral of her saying the she was “not going to the fucking White House.” Agence France-Presse (AFB) reported that when asked about a White House visit, Rapinoe stated, “I haven’t spoken to everyone about it, obviously not Ali Krieger, and I suspect not many, if any, of the other players.”
Her remarks about not going to the White House came after President Trump criticized her for protesting the national anthem during the games. The soccer star started her protest of the anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick a month after the NFL quarterback begun kneeling during the anthem in 2016.
President Trump tweeted, “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.” He also added that he’s “a big fan of the AmericanTeam and Women’s soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!” and that he was “inviting the team whether they win or win or lose.”
Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F...ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
....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. The USA is doing GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
Teammate Ali Geiger also expressed that she “absolutely would not go” to the White House either on CNN. “I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect.” She told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, “I feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings.”
Rapinoe is currently not able to kneel during the anthem because of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s ruling last March that requires all players to “stand respectfully.” At this year’s World Cup, Rapinoe doesn’t sing or place her hand over her heart during the national anthem.
Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” She referred to herself as “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration.”
It should come as no surprise that Rapinoe and her teammates went to the White House to meet Obama in 2015, when the soccer team celebrated their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In case you missed it, here’s the video clip from last week of Rapinoe declaring that she’s not going to the White House.
How do you feel Rapinoe’s remarks? Do you feel it’s right that Rapinoe uses her position on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team to express her views?