Megan Rapinoe, one of the stars of the United States Soccer team competing in the World Cup, is protesting the National Anthem.
She is not protesting the National Anthem because she is supporting a cause, but she is protesting it because she despises President Donald Trump, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
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 said.
“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,” she said.
“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” she said.
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“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,” she said.
Nice win ladies. Don’t tell me how this ends up. I don’t care. Not watching. https://t.co/ofJ8DJAgp8
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) June 11, 2019
I’d say it’s time to boycott women’s soccer, but let’s keep it real…no one’s watching that anyway. 🤣https://t.co/8GocoHOppy
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) June 12, 2019
Megan Rapinoe needs to be booted for her lack of patriotism. Why play for a country you hate, smh. #USWNT
— Big Dawg🇺🇸 (@Moutdaman1) June 11, 2019
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) June 11, 2019
Really?? I hope they lose every match…….https://t.co/OTETXYzAm6
— O ONeal (@ooneal01) June 11, 2019
While Megan Rapinoe was refusing to sing our national anthem on Tuesday, there were 450 immigrants from 83 countries proud to be singing it at a Naturalization Ceremony outside DC. (Many of whom are probably better soccer players). #USWNT @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/jlbspTZqW2
— Jeff Templeton (@JeffTempleton) June 12, 2019
Megan Rapinoe failing to hold her hand over heart during our anthem really pisses me off
— Kenneth Pease (@KennethPease4) June 12, 2019
The American Flag/Nat’l Anthem, represents AMERICA and all the values, rights & privileges [good/bad/indifferent] you enjoy/dislike. Stop using the Trump Administration to show your disgrace to our Nation! The Presidency is 1-man; US National Flag is ALL!https://t.co/GgX744yotK
— Ann (@Ann10778347) June 12, 2019
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