Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Your message is excluding people'

'Your message is excluding people'

Megan Rapino, the US women's soccer team star, made clear on CNN on Tuesday night that the team has zero interest in going to the White House because they don't want their "platform" to be "corrupted" by the Trump administration.

Rapinoe also seemingly referenced her past comments feuding with both Trump and U.S. Soccer over equal pay.

"We always have to be open to progress and sometimes it takes some people a little bit longer to get there, but I think his eyes are opened up and I'll definitely continue to peel them open at all times", Rapinoe said of Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, who she again called upon to address the issue of equal pay after Sunday's (Monday NZT) win. "You're excluding, you know, Americans that maybe support you", she said.

On Tuesday, Rapinoe said she had accepted an invitation from the Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, for the United States women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress.

"Maybe America is great for a few people right now", she continued.

Rapinoe and the team have used the media attention from their victory as a platform to fight for equal pay.

The US Women's Soccer team took home the W during the World Cup, winning their fourth title. "It's hard to compare eras - I think every sport has that - but I think we at least have a good argument".

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Speaking with Anderson Cooper on CNN on July 9, Rapinoe said she had "an vast sense of pride" while kneeling. "No one is saying they want to leave America but as one of the great countries in the world we need to constantly look within and challenge ourselves to be better so everyone else can be better around us".

Cooper of CNN of course pressed her to make more outlandish statements toward the president.

I don't think anyone really cares about Rapinoe except the Democratic Party - and they will use this short period of time to trot out these women out like props, as they've done with minorities for years.

Toward the end of the interview, Cooper mentioned that Trump was very likely watching her appearance on CNN and asked if she had a message for the President.

Then, she added, "We look forward to holding those feet to the fire".

"I would not go, and every teammate that I've talked to explicitly about it would not go", Rapinoe said. "He's gonna come here, and he's going to be like, 'Oh, I'm so proud of these women, they did so much, blah blah blah.' You publicly tell them that they're not worth more than the guys!"

Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit.

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