"If you go out and belittle the president, you act unpatriotic and then complain that you are not getting paid right now, what do you think will happen, people will not be watching," Watters said.
Watters claimed that his criticism of President Trump led to lower ratings and said he had spoken to "… many, many people this weekend who said: & # 39; I love football, I'm watching the US -Women not because I did not do what they said. "
The USWNT won the Women's World Cup for the fourth time in history this Sunday. Although the ratings for the final against the Netherlands fell against Japan four years ago against the USWNT final, they were well above the ratings for last year's men's World Cup final between France and Croatia.
Audience numbers, revenue, and achievements were the main arguments in favor of the USWNT, whose players are fighting for equal pay. Earlier this year, 28 members of the team filed a lawsuit against the US Football Association for gender discrimination in compensation and treatment.
Your last World Cup victory is clear proof that their fight is justified.
"In this moment of tremendous pride for America, the sad equation remains all too clear and the Americans will not stand for it anymore, these athletes get more revenue and get higher TV ratings, but are paid less because they are women," Said Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the USWNT players in their lawsuit for equal pay, after the final game.
8 Wall Street Journal report found that US women's football games generated more revenue than men in the three years following their 2015 victory.
The USWNT championship streak has made stars such as Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan famous. However, their openness to political issues and gender equality has sparked controversy and criticism. Above all, Rapinoe was sent through the internet indictment threshing machine when she said in the opening rounds of the tournament that she would not go to the "damned White House" if she won. This led to a Twitter attack by the president. Regardless, they won. And so far, there has not been a word about whether an invitation from the White House is coming.
Watter's behavior has raised his eyebrows several times in his career. In 2017, the commentator came under fire because he had commented on Ivanka Trump's appearance at a women's jury in Germany.
"Well, I do not really understand what's going on here, but I really liked how she talked into this microphone," Watters said on air.
Watters was also the focus of the controversy over a racist "O & # 39; Reilly Factor" segment. In this segment, Watters turned to New York's Chinatown to ask questions about the presidential election and US-China relations. However, he also asked strangers if he should bow to a hello, accused a street vendor of selling stolen watches, and asked someone who seemed to be Chinese if he knew karate.