‘The President has caught up’: Donald Trump’s unfiltered thoughts fueled Megan Rapinoe’s political conscience

USWNT Megan Rapinoe has been a role model for millions of women around the world. She’s an accomplished soccer player, and Rapinoe has also made leaps and bounds in the battle for equal gender rights. The iconic midfielder has always been one for equality, ever since she was a child. At 12, Megan teamed up with boys and played against boys her own age. His feats were just a teaser of what was to come years later.

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In 2019, Rapinoe and co. crushed their competition to lift the Women’s World Cup. As the team fought on the field for the trophy, Megan had another fight elsewhere.

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Megan Rapinoe had her political conscience on fire

Having recently won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, USWNT star Megan Rapinoe has become one of the most decorated soccer stars in the United States. The former captain has rarely backed down from a confrontation and doesn’t hold back from speaking her mind. An example of the same is his comment about not going to the White House in 2019.

KASHIMA, JAPAN – AUGUST 05: Megan Rapinoe, #15 of Team USA, celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal in the women’s bronze medal match between USA and Australia on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Kashima, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Former President Trump was quick to respond to Rapinoe’s statements by calling her name. Adding fuel to the political fire already lit within Rapinoe. Discussing the same, Megan once said, “I made the choice to participate in political discourse a long time ago. Obviously, the president’s tweets kicked everything up a million, but I feel very comfortable talking about politics, so I don’t think it was a conscious decision to get involved or not.

Rapinoe added that she understood the seriousness of the situation and realized the performance had to balance things out. Not only did the team lift the winner’s trophy, but Megan also won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the tournament, confirming her words perfectly.

How the Rapinoe-Trump feud started

The “colorful” words used by Megan Rapinoe are not the origin of their feud with Donald Trump. It comes from the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality.

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In 2016, Kaepernick knelt on the ground before a game in protest against police brutality. A month later, Rapinoe impersonated Colin, winking at his protests and “everything he stands for.” Before the World Cup, a football magazine asked Rapinoe if she would accept the invitation to the White House, if she received one. Rapinoe’s answer was not subtle (at all) because she said, “I’m not going to screw up the White House.Again, showing solidarity with Colin’s efforts. The response did not sit well with the then-president, who asked Megan to “win before she speaks.”

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Rapinoe’s efforts were instrumental in marking a huge achievement in women’s football off the pitch. The purple-haired soccer phenom has won the Ballon d’Or Féminin, the World Cup, the Olympics and many other individual awards to cement her legacy as one of the greatest female soccer players, both on and off the pitch.

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