When asked if she was excited at the possibility of going to the White House if the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team were to win the World Cup, Olympic champion Megan Rapinoe replied, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” She added that she doubted if Donald Trump would even invite the team, which is on a big winning streak at the World Cup in France. Now Trump, who’s got a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, took the time to angrily tweet at Rapinoe.
Rapinoe, who has already been the target of conservatives for protesting police brutality by refusing to sing the national anthem, told Eight by Eight magazine unequivocally that she would not go to the White House.
“I’m not going to the fucking White House. No. Not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it,” Rapinoe said, sending Trump into a Twitter spiral.
In a few tweets erroneously tagging “@meganrapino” (who is not the soccer champ), Trump claimed that he brought “black unemployment” to its lowest level in history, which appeared to be his defense to her protests against police brutality. He redirected his tweets to the correct person and then attacked Rapinoe, who has played for the United States in two Olympic Games and three World Cup tournaments, as being unpatriotic.
While Rapinoe, who came out as a lesbian in 2012, did not clarify exactly why she would refuse to go to the White House, the Trump administration has continually attacked LGBTQ people since he took office. Just this Pride Month the administration has gone out of its way to ensure rainbow flags would not fly on flagpoles at embassies. This week it was reported that in order to ensure that a rainbow flag would not fly at the historic LGBTQ site the Stonewall Inn, which has been declared a national landmark, Trump’s administration gave New York City a flagpole so that the flag would fly on city/state property and not on federal.
The U.S. team faces off with France in the World Cup quarterfinal on Friday.