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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe offered to help out presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in his search for a running mate.
The two-time World Cup champion, who declared last year that she would not visit the White House if the U.S. team won the Women’s World Cup, made a pitch for the job during an Instagram Live chat with the former vice president and his wife, Jill Biden who had dyed a section of her hair purple as a nod to Rapinoe’s signature look last year.
“Talked to Vice President @joebiden and @drbiden about all things Covid, campaigning during these times, bringing the Democrats together and how understanding we are all together will win the Presidency in November,” Rapinoe captioned her post on Instagram.
The 34-year-old FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had supported Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the primaries, brought up the idea of being Biden’s vice president during the course of the 44-minute video.
“I don’t want to put you on the spot. I think I could still play soccer and do this,” Rapinoe said.
“But if you need a vice president, I’m just saying I’m available for an interview. We can talk logistics and the details. Put it on your list,” she added. “No pressure.”
Biden’s wife said she would “love” it while the 2020 candidate mentioned that his granddaughter who played soccer in high school would also approve.
“You would have to take a pay cut to become vice president,” he told Rapinoe.
“Yeah, no, I’m not into that,” she replied in a possible reference to the equal-pay lawsuit by the U.S. women’s soccer team against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
A judge ruled Friday that the claim by the women’s team of gender discrimination, alleging that the players on the U.S. men’s team are paid more, did not warrant a trial. Molly Levinson, a USWNT spokesperson, vowed to “immediately appeal” the ruling as Rapinoe tweeted her reaction.
We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY.
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) May 2, 2020
The Washington Examiner’s Brad Polumbo called out Rapinoe’s fake “equal pay” lawsuit in an op-ed published Saturday, saying that “sanity prevailed in federal court” and “when you set all the identity politics and outrage-mongering aside,” the ruling is “clearly correct based on the facts.”
“This entire thing from Rapinoe and her feminist friends has been a sham all along. It’s disgraceful the way privileged celebrities have contorted the facts to play the victim,” he wrote.
This entire thing has been a sham all along. Glad to see sanity and facts prevail over your fake feminist outrage in federal court.https://t.co/ezRIAdAwsD
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) May 2, 2020
Rapinoe, an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community, protested during the national anthem again at the start of the New York City victory parade celebrating the team’s World Cup championship last year.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 10, 201
She was the center of a controversial clash with President Trump over her comment in an interview saying she was “not going to the f—— White House” if the team was invited following a win. Rapinoe ended her conversation with the Bidens by urging viewers to “get involved in this election.”
“I hope people are inspired and motivated to get involved in this election moving forward,” Rapinoe said. “I think that there is a candidate in you that is looking to bring people together and there’s a candidate whose sole purpose is to divide us so he can stand on top of us both.”
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