Following the U.S. women’s soccer team return home after a triumphant victory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, team star Megan Rapinoe “ripped” into President Donald Trump yet again, as the media put it. And in response, some in the real world “ripped” into HER right back.
Asked by CNN host Anderson Cooper on Tuesday whether she intends to stick to her previous vow to not visit the White House, she said yes and provided her dubious reasons why.
“I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our life,” she said. “I don’t think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration.”
But given Rapinoe and her teammates’ widely panned antics, one could easily argue that they’ve already been “corrupted,” per se. From disrespecting the national anthem to stepping on the American flag, demanding they be paid even more than their male counterparts and rubbing their victories in their opponents’ faces, the team seems to relish arguably rotten behavior.
According to a slew of critics, the soccer star and her “smug” peers are no different than disgraced former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, a man with a chip on his shoulder the size of Mars.
Look (*LANGUAGE WARNING):
You don’t have to like @realDonaldTrump but when you have a giant “USA” on your back, you represent this country and ALL Americans. @mPinoe you’re not a hero, you’re a virtue-signaling soccer player with a chip on her shoulder and an attitude problem. Get over yourself.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) July 9, 2019
Jeez….I’m all for celebrating success but the insufferable smuggery of this lot is becoming very, very annoying.. https://t.co/4VaZvXg8TN
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 9, 2019
Megan Rapinoe is the female version on Colin Kaepernick.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 8, 2019
Rapinoe has such basic bitch politics and it’s infuriating to see that being celebrated as some kind of political awakening.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 10, 2019
Why would Megan #Rapinoe play for a country that she holds with such contempt? If you hate America, don’t play for the American team. || #WomensWorldCup2019https://t.co/7LEk15SU1q
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) July 9, 2019
“There’s so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that could really affect change in Washington than going to the White House,” Rapinoe added Tuesday.
Cooper then asked her whether she had a message for the president. She said yes.
“I think I would say that your message is excluding people,” she said. “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. We need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you’re saying about ‘Make America Great Again.’ I think you are 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 now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world. And I think we have a responsibility, each and every one of us, 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.”
It’s unclear what she even meant, given as she provided no examples to back up her claim that the Trump administration is excluding people. A cursory glance of the evidence shows that the administration certainly isn’t excluding anyone economically speaking. Even the disabled community is prospering under his economic policies.
Meanwhile on the international stage, the president has been pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide.
As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
….on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
None of these facts seemed to occur to either Rapinoe or Cooper, the latter of whom continued the discussion by wondering whether Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan is an ode to an America when “you could be imprisoned for being gay or sent by your family to a mental hospital, where you could not walk down the street holding hands with your loved one or I could not walk down the street or go dancing or anything.”
It’s unclear how in the world the CNN host reached such a strange conclusion about a man, President Trump, who is responsible for appointing the first-ever openly gay man to a high-ranking position in a Republican administration.
“Yeah, it was not a great place for a lot of people,” Rapinoe said as the discussion on CNN continued. “It was very oppressive place, and that’s not to say that it was the worst place in the world. I think that’s one of the things that a lot of people go to. No one is saying they want to leave America, but I think as one of the great countries in the world, and for sure we want to see ourselves as that, we need to constantly look within and challenge ourselves to be better so everyone else can be better around us.”
As the discussion concluded, the soccer star expressed her excitement about potential future meetings with congressional Democrats, some of whom have invited her to Congress for a visit.
“So yes to AOC, yes to Pelosi, yes to a bipartisan Congress, yes to Chuck Schumer, yes to anyone else that wants to invite us and have a real substantive conversation and that believe in the same things we believe in,” she said.
At the start of the year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s longtime communications director was forced to resign amid allegations of “inappropriate” behavior. Months later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose a militant anti-Semitic imam to deliver the opening prayer in the U.S. House. And last month, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began spreading the disrespectful lie that the Trump administration’s immigration detention facilities are equivalent to “concentration camps.”
According to Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
In other words, you are the company you keep.
And well, the company Rapinoe and her peers have chosen to keep certainly says a lot about them …
You are known by the company you keep…
— dalereis (@dalereis2) July 10, 2019
@mPinoe – won’t go to the White House because “It doesn’t make sense”, yet accepts an invitation from #CryingChuck and his BFF’s. Pathetic. #RapinoeArrogance #UltimateOxyMoron
— WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA? (@RussJohn1620) July 10, 2019
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