US Women’s Soccer Player Ignored the National Anthem as an ‘F-You’ to Trump

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by Shelby Talcott

 

U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe ignored the national anthem before the Women’s World Cup game against Thailand on Tuesday.

Rapinoe, who is openly gay, had previously said she would never sing the national anthem again as an ‘f-you’ to President Donald Trump. She announced that she would “never put my hand over my heart” or sing the national anthem in an interview with Yahoo News in May.

“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” Rapinoe said in May. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”

She was seen standing silently without her hand over her heart when the national anthem played on Tuesday while her teammates sang and placed their hands over their hearts, The Blaze reported. Many people took to social media in response showing both their support and disagreement with her decision.

“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,” she told Yahoo News. “So it’s kind of a good ‘f-you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] 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 became the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, supporting former professional football player Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback made headlines when he knelt during the anthem before a game three years ago. Kaepernick has said that kneeling during the national anthem was a way to protest against police brutality and racism.

After Rapinoe knelt, U.S. soccer gave a statement and adopted a rule that requires players to “stand and honor the flag.” Rapinoe has said that she was not happy with this decision and with the statement.

“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports. “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 is a captain on the U.S. women’s soccer team. The team beat Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday. The women’s soccer team is currently suing the United States Soccer Federation for “purposeful gender discrimination” in an effort to gain equal pay, according to The News York Times.

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Shelby Talcott is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Shelby on Twitter.
Photo “Megan Rapione” by Jamie Smed. CC BY 2.0.

 

 

 

 


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8 Thoughts to “US Women’s Soccer Player Ignored the National Anthem as an ‘F-You’ to Trump”

  1. Joy Jacovino

    This woman is not a true American Patriot and I would prefer she not play at all! Her attitude is just unacceptable!

  2. Michelle

    Sad, very sad. I was a 100% fan and supporter of women’s USA soccer. These women are just as talented as the men they don’t flop around on the field faking injury like the men players and they are under paid. But thanks to this anti American bitch, we no longer record, watch, go to, nor support the USA women’s team as long as this anti American birch is on the team. Why would you keep a person like this on the team. Politics does not mix with sports. If she hates Trump that much go picket on the White House Lawn, not in a sport people watch to enjoy and get away from politics.

  3. Carol Knighton

    Megan Rapinoe, you are just another highly paid athlete who thinks the world cares about your most personal and intimate life. Megan, we don’t care! When you can no longer play, you will fade into the shadows; and we will move on to the next big star! But you offend us when you disrespect our anthem and our flag. Your net worth is about $2,000,000. Could you really make that kind of money anywhere else in the world? Or could you enjoy the kind of freedoms you have here in the USA? Perhaps you should consider moving. After all, there’s another younger, more talented soccer star just waiting to take your place here in the good ole USA.

  4. Elton Denson

    Why would you play on a team that represents what you despise…
    Sounds a bit hypocritical to me.

    If you are not happy with the US and what it stands for, quit the team and try to play for another country that represents you interest better: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Russia, China, Thailand, France, the list of possibilities is very long.
    Then you can have your self respect and all the freedom you want.

    1. Michael Weinstein

      That would be too inconvenient for these spoiled millennials!
      Donald Trump isn’t anti-gay, he’s never been known to bash or discriminate gays! Where doe’s she get her information? She might be able to play a game of soccer but she’s just plain WRONG!!

  5. larry

    time to let the men who identify as a female out there to play also…..equity is equity……don;t care if she likes president or not……national anthem and flag represent our country….not a person or a group…..if she does not believe in this then she should not be on the US as in United States team…..period…..

    1. 83ragtop50

      Not sure why this person is paid to play for the country she rejects. Winning at all cost should not be the rule here.

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