U.S. Women’s Soccer Team star and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and women’s equality Megan Rapinoe has made the rounds on political news shows and in interviews following her team’s win and her comments about refusing to go to the White House to celebrate. Trump is not a fan of strong women and routinely lashes out at them, and Rapinoe is no exception.
US soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she likes Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, adding that she herself wouldn't ever run for office, "I'm, like, wildly unqualified to be running for office." https://t.co/7lsKWxF7Lz pic.twitter.com/CExA87Gnir
— CNN (@CNN) July 20, 2019
It wasn’t Trump’s insults about her, however, that spurred Rapinoe to speak out. It was Trump’s racist attack on four black and brown female congresswomen, who Trump told to go back to their own countries even though all four are American citizens and three were born in the U.S., that Rapinoe called “disgusting.”
In an interview with The Charlotte Observer, Rapinoe spoke on her views about Donald Trump and his racist “go back to where you came from” tweets:
‘U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe ripped President Donald Trump and his supporters in an interview with The Charlotte Observer on Saturday for the â€œSend her back!â€ chant that broke out at his rally Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C.
‘“I think we’re one step away from just saying a racial slur on national television, from the president of the United States, Rapinoe said.’
“I am going to fight for equal pay, every day. For myself, for my team and for every single person … man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color" – #MeganRapinoe 🏳️🌈👏pic.twitter.com/ZbFk8pBClQ
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While the GOP may remain either silent or supportive of Trump’s obviously racist attack, most sane Americans are aware of the long history behind “go back to where you come from” and how it’s been used as a slur against people who are not white and of European descent.
‘Rapinoe was making an appearance in Charlotte as part of the festivities surrounding the International Champions Cup soccer game at Bank of America Stadium. She called the “send her back” chant “sad and disgusting and despicable,” during the Observer interview.’
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she's energized by public disapproval of President Trump's remarks about four Democratic congresswomen of color and by the warm welcome Rep. Ilhan Omar got when she returned home this week to Minnesota.https://t.co/2kAqBEwxyg
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Rapinoe said that Trump seems to be dancing at the edge of breaking out in racial taunts and showed support for Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somalian refugee who came to the U.S. as a child and became a legal citizen at 17.
‘”At every step it’s shocking,” Rapinoe said, “and I hope people don’t stop being shocked by it all, because it’s truly the worst of the worst. She (Omar) should be celebrated if anything. To come here and be in Congress, to be the woman that she is, to be the leader that she is, to bring that different voice to the table, I think is something incredible. Something that we need in this country to be better.”’
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