After U.S. Women’s Soccer team star Megan Rapinoe declared that she would not be visiting the White House if her team won the World Cup, the current president of the United States bashed her on Twitter and reminded her that the team had not yet won. On Tuesday, they got one step closer, and Hillary Clinton was quick to praise them for it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 2, 2019
Tuesday’s game saw Rapinoe benched for a minor injury, but the team beat England in the semi-finals even without her and earned a spot in the World Cup finals. They will match up against Sweden or the Netherlands, depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s second semi-final game.
The win comes at a crucial time for women’s soccer, who are fighting for equal pay policies, an issue near and dear to Hillary Clinton’s heart and many other Democratic women. The Democratic nominees for president were quick to respond to the U.S. women’s team win, as well.
They did it! US Women’s Soccer rules! #WorldCup2019
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 2, 2019
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) July 2, 2019
#USWNT = GOALS ⚽️⚽️ ⚽️. Go USA!
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) July 2, 2019
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 2, 2019
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 2, 2019
Trump, who Rapinoe has already said she doesn’t care to meet, has been silent about the American team’s win. Like most other teams who’ve won major sporting event titles since his election, the women’s team has no plans to participate in the traditional White House visit thanks to Trump’s racism, sexism, and homophobic policies. It seems that locking brown children in cages, bragging about grabbing women’s genitals, and rolling back protections for LGBTQ citizens is a tough sell these days. Hopefully, it will be an even tougher sell in 2020.
Twitter lit up with praise for the women’s team and Clinton’s support. Read some of their comments below:
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