At least one person will not see the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday between the USA and France. On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump unleashed a tweet storm against Megan Rapinoe, the captain of the US women's national football team after a video of the athlete surfaced, in which he said she did not go "into the damned White House" team wins the championship. Rapinoe added that she did not think the women's team would be invited to the White House anyway. The video became viral after it was posted by football magazine Eight by Eight .
Trump responded quickly, launching a Twitter Rant that began with Rapinoe's comments and quickly transitioned into a list of his alleged political achievements in brackets. He returned to Rapinoe and said he was a big fan of women's football, but her comments on the invitation to the White House were presumptuous. "Megan should WIN first before she SPEAKS!" He shouted. "Finish the job!" He took the opportunity to address his official invitation to the entire team: "Win or lose."
To make things even more embarrassing, Trump first tagged the wrong Twitter account in the tweets. The Account Owner, @meganrapino replied that football star Trump had "rightly said" what she did. The original tweets were quickly deleted and corrected, but the owner of the @ Meganrapino account made the most of the mishap. Her name on the platform is now "Maybe Megan Rapinoe" and she has won over 2000 followers, which she said with the tweet "tr * mp has almost [me] 2k followers".
Other members of the US women's team are in agreement with the real Megan Rapinoe. Earlier, Alex Morgan told the magazine Time that she would not go to the White House if invited. Defense attorney Ali Krieger, in her support of Rapinoe, Tweeten has not cried any words: "With respect to the President's tweet today, I know women who can not control or upset you, but I stand by @mino & will also expose this. "Krieger called the government's attitude toward the LGBTQ and immigrant communities the reason she does not intend to visit the White House.
After scoring a goal against Colombia at the 2011 FIFA World Cup, Megan Rapinoe memorable sprinted to the next microphone and bore the inscription "Born in the USA". The 33-year-old striker is gay and has long argued for LGBTQ rights, but has become even more political in recent years. Rapinoe became the first athlete in 2016 to join Colin Kaepernick's protest by kneeling during the national anthem before a Seattle match in Reign. The US Football Association just a few months later issued a rule requiring all members of the national team to be "respectful" during the national anthem. Now she stands still and stoic, her hands clasped behind her back, during the national anthem – an act of protest that Trump considered inappropriate in an exclusive interview with The Hill as inappropriate.
Rapinoe was an integral part of the women's team both on and off the pitch. Earlier this week, she secured the place of the team in the quarter-finals and scored two goals against Spain on penalties. She has also played a pivotal role in the team's groundbreaking lawsuit against the US Football Association against Gender Discrimination, which was filed on International Women's Day in particular. A surprising development in the history of the championship teams visiting the Trump White House. Business Insider reported that of the 20 teams that have won major sporting championships since Trump's inauguration, half were not invited or did not want to leave. The numbers for women's teams are even grimmer. The women's basketball team of Baylor Bears is the only women's team to attend a Trump White House ceremony. The four other women's teams of the Business Insider list – Seattle Storm, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, South Carolina Gamecocks, and Minnesota Lynx – received no invitations.