Megan Rapinoe is continuing to protest the National Anthem, becoming the first non-Black, non-NFL player ever to do it.
Donald Trump’s attacks couldn’t stop U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe, as she made sure to stand firm in her message just before the Women’s World Cup finals match against the Netherlands. Once again, the 34-year-old stood silently with her arms behind her back as the national anthem was sung. This move followed after Rapinoe was spotlighted for saying she is “not going to the f—ing White House,” even if she and her teammates were to win the World Cup.
Rapinoe, who is an openly gay woman, has been vocal about her advocacy for LGTBQ rights and equal pay. In addition, she also supported #ColinKaepernick and the #BlackLivesMatter movement back in 2016 when she first took a knee to protest #policebrutality. After being told all players must stand for the anthem, Rapinoe opted to stand silently. While Rapinoe was bombarded with criticism, her teammate #AliKrieger, who also is gay, backed Rapinoe’s statements saying she also would not be visiting the White House.
“I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect,” Krieger told CNN New Day when asked about Trump. “I feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor, and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings.” In response to Rapinoe, Trump fired back at the athlete as well as the entire team on Twitter, calling her Rapinoe’s protest of the anthem “inappropriate” and said “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”
The gag is Rapinoe, and the U.S. Women’s took home the gold in the match, and the California native scored the first goal and received the prestigious Golden Boot and Golden Ball for the highest scorer of the cup and the best player. In celebration, Rapinoe checc’d her haters by quoting the late #NipseyHussle’s lyrics on an Instagram post. “Ain’t really trip on the credit, I just paid all of my dues, I just respected the game, now my name all in the news, trippin’ on all of my moves, quote me on this, got a lot more to prove,” Rapinoe wrote, quoting the song “Hussle and Motivate” from Nipsey’s Victory Lap album.