Megan Rapinoe does not want to go to the White House. Megan Rapinoe does not want to go to the White House when the US women's national team win the World Cup because Donald Trump is president. She does not want to visit Donald Trump because he reports about race problems, gender issues, LGBTQ issues, immigration, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Make your choice or vote for everyone: If there is a marginalized group, the president has said or done something to reduce it, marginalize it further or even harm it. Megan Rapinoe disapproves of all this because she seems to be a decent person and therefore does not really want to hang out with Trump. That seems pretty clear.
When Rapinoe said on Tuesday eight times eight "I'm not going to the damn White House", it was not even the first time. In a May issue of Sports Illustrated (19459023), Rapinoe had broken down the list of causes and movements she supports, saying in plain English that these issues are more important to her than visiting the White House. I will not fake it, "she said "A Hobnob with the President, who is clearly against so many things that I am [for] and so many things that I actually am. I have no interest in extending our platform to him. "The last sentence is the key, is not it?" When Trump invites athletes in his office who have won the championship to become a fast food shindig, he attends their fame and success and boasts Implicit in their imprimatur, the USWNT, if it wins the World Cup, can determine the nature of its feast, and its members can say what they say and celebrate what they want to celebrate, without the President grinning face-capping over everything And while there are people who tell you that an athlete who has won the championship and visits the White House is unpolitical, this athlete has explicitly made the decision that the president's beliefs, words and actions are not repugnant are enough to refuse the visit. This is a political calculation, Rapinoe expresses her policy, and she is honest with them and does so a way that attracts attention. Not unlike their refusal to sing the national anthem before the games.
All this, of course, aroused Trump's attention because someone was talking about him in an environment large enough to eventually land at Fox & Friends and on Wednesday he shook some tweets at Rapinoe but also about NBA owners and black unemployment because …? He also tweeted about the wrong person. He has officially invited the USWNT to the White House to win or lose, because Trump instinctively understands what many people still deny: this is a political opportunity. And if the USWNT does not want to extend their platform to him, he'll simply climb onto their platform or maybe be hoisted over a complicated set of ropes and pulleys.
This is not he said she said. Rapinoe does not have to answer the tweets of the President or clarify their problems when visiting the White House. And so on Thursday, the day before the de facto tournament final against France, Rapinoe tried to end the back and forth with an explanation.
"I stand by the comments I made about not wanting to go to the White House, except the Expletive," she said. "My mother would be very upset about that."
"But I think I obviously answer with a lot of passion, considering how much time and effort and pride we take on the platform we have and forever and ever Using the game in a better location and hopefully leaving the world in a better place – I do not think I want to go and I would encourage my teammates to worry about whether they lend this platform or an administration co-opt, they do not feel that way and fight for the same things we fight for. "
Sure like the day.