Rapinoe shouldn't protest during anthem

Ross Houston
June 26, 2019

That, combined with the US team's success, put her on the radar of President Trump, who helped inflame controversy over the protests during the anthem two years ago.

Rapinoe, 33, followed the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick in 2016 by kneeling during the anthem.

During an interview with Eight By Eight Magazine on Tuesday, Rapinoe scoffed at a question about whether or not she's "excited" about the prospect of going to the White House if the team retain the World Cup they won in Canada four years ago.

"I love watching women's soccer", Trump beamed.

"No. I don't think so", he responded.

"I'll probably never put my hand over my heart", the 33-year-old US soccer star told Yahoo Sports.

Trump isn't happy that USA women's soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is protesting during the National Anthem. The USWNT co-captain has not raised her hand to her heart, or sung, during the playing of the anthem.

"I think a lot of it also has to do with the economics", Trump added, according to The Hill.

In March, all 28 members of the US Women's National Soccer Team sued the US Soccer Federation, claiming that the body has participated in "institutionalized gender discrimination" and has violated the Equal Pay Act.

However, Trump also refused to clearly take a side on whether female soccer players should be paid equally to men.

"Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly".

"I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the National Football League was doing - just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I'm doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone". When asked if he thought Rapinoe protesting during the anthem was appropriate, he replied, "No".

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties", Rapinoe told American Soccer Now to explain her decision to start protesting in 2016. "I want that as president and I'd want that as a citizen", he told CBS This Morning in February.

She added that the fact that she, an openly gay athlete, wears a US jersey is "kind of a good "F you" to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the administration might have towards people who don't look exactly like [Trump]". Which, God help us if we all looked like him.

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