‘WIN First’: Trump Hammers U.S. Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe For Saying She Won’t Visit ‘F**king White House’

President Trump is a fan of women’s soccer. But he’s not exactly a fan of star player Megan Rapinoe.

On Tuesday, Trump ripped Rapinoe for kneeling during the national anthem, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”

In response, Rapinoe told reporters, “I’m not going to the f**king White House!”

 

Trump, who rarely lets a slight pass, fired right back on Wednesday morning.

“Women’s soccer player, @meganrapino, 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…” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“…in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet…” he continued.

Then he let the hammer fall, inviting the entire team should they win the World Cup.


“…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!”

Back in 2017, Trump slapped Steph Curry after the basketball player said he doesn’t “want to go” to the White House if his team won the title. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted. But that isn’t a problem this year:  Curry and the whole team won’t have to decline an invite because losers don’t get invited to the White House.

Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports in May that she does not support the soccer federation’s decision to require players to “stand and honor the flag.”

“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” Rapinoe said. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s 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 him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”

“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” she said. “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 NFL 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.”

The United States women are performing well in the World Cup and face France in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Trump has been a vocal opponent of players in the National Football League taking a knee during the national anthem. In response, the NFL in May 2018 banned players from kneeling during the national anthem, a move Trump applauds.

“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe they shouldn’t be in the country,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News.

Trump said the NFL owners are “doing the right thing” to ban kneeling, giving angry Americans who objected the credit for prompting the move. “I think the people pushed it forward. This was not me,” he said. “This country is very smart. We have very smart people.”

Trump said he objected to a provision in the new rule that lets teams hold their players in lockers rooms until after the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner — “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms” — but said of the overall rule, “Still, I think it’s good.”

 

 

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