On Monday, Donald Trump stated that he thought U.S. women’s soccer star, Megan Rapinoe’s protest of the National anthem was inappropriate.
Rapinoe has been protesting the National Anthem for a quite a while. She began protesting by kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner “when it was played at National Women’s Soccer League games. After the league passed a rule about standing during the anthem, she began protesting by not placing her hand over her heart. She has continued her protest throughout the Women’s World Cup.
Trump was recently interviewed by a journalist from The Hill, who asked him whether she thought the co-captain’s decision to kneel was appropriate. Trump responded with, “no, I don’t think so.”
Trump, however, did go on to praise the women’s soccer team. The women defeated Spain on Monday in the first round of the knockout stage of the World Cup.
“I love watching women’s soccer,” Trump said. “They’re really talented.”
Back in May, Rapinoe stated that her decision to protest by kneeling received a lot of backlash. She was extremely disappointed when the league passed a ruling that players must stand during the National Anthem.
“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” Rapinoe. “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.”
Rapinoe calls herself a “walking protest.” One of the main reasons she protests during games is because she believes that Donald Trump and his administration do not “value all Americans equally.”
“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 told the website. “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.”
Rapinoe first took a knee in 2016, before her match with the Chicago Red Stars. At the time she called her protest, “a little nod” to Kaepernick and “everything that he’s standing for right now.”
Rapinoe recently stated that if the US took the World Cup, she had no intention of going to the White House.
I’m not going to the f–king White House.” “We’re not gonna be invited,” she said and she wasn’t suggesting the team would fall short of a championship.
Rapinoe would join an ever-growing list of champions who have either been rejected or denied a White House visit under the Trump administration. Those on the list, however, are not offended by the gesture.