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Megan Rapinoe has made her feelings about President Donald Trump very clear throughout the World Cup this summer — and has repeatedly said that she has no interest in visiting the White House after the tournament.
Rapinoe, it appears, will still be making the trip to Washington D.C.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited Rapinoe and the USWNT to tour the House of Representatives shortly after their 2-1 win against France in the quarterfinals on Friday.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 28, 2019
Rapinoe quickly accepted.
Rapinoe has been involved in a cross-Atlantic feud with Trump throughout the World Cup. First, she garnered criticism for not singing the national anthem ahead of games — a practice that’s nothing new to the 33-year-old, who has said that the “Star Spangled Banner” is a “somber moment” for a “peaceful protest” of inequality and injustice throughout the United States.
An old video surfaced last week, too, which featured Rapinoe saying, “I’m not going to the f---ing White House,” if they were to win the World Cup. That didn’t sit well with Trump, who — after mistakingly thinking that the comments were new — tweeted at Rapinoe multiple times, keeping their feud alive.
Rapinoe, though, stood by her comments — and her teammates and coaches stood by her.
“Hopefully [we are] using [that platform] for good and leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place,” Rapinoe said earlier this week. “I don’t think I would want to go (to the White House). And I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having it co-opted by an administration that does not feel the same way and fight for the same things that we fight for.”
So while she clearly won’t be visiting Trump at the White House, still expect to see Rapinoe and other members of the USWNT in Washington for the customary trip sometime this fall after they return from France.
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