Soccer champion Megan Rapinoe has a message for supporters of hers who also support Donald Trump, whose White House she has vowed not to visit.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Rapinoe, “What do you tell a Trump supporter who loves watching you? And is like, I wish she’d go to the White House?’
“I would try to share our message,” Rapinoe said.
“Do you believe, you know, that all people are created equal? Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated? Do you believe that everyone should have health care? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect?” Rapinoe, who is gay and who fights for LGBTQ equality, told Todd.
During last month’s World Cup, Trump put her on blast on Twitter accusing her of being “unpatriotic” after she responded in an off-the-cuff interview to being asked if she was excited about the possibility of visiting the White House, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.”
In her Meet the Press appearance, Rapinoe said she’s aware that there are fans of the U.S. Women's National Team who find her refusal to sing the National Anthem (as a protest against police brutality) “disrespectful.”
The Olympian also acknowledged that she’s made mistakes.
“Ultimately, I am here open and honest. I’ve admitted mistakes, I will continue to do that,” Rapinoe said. “I will continue to be vulnerable, and be honest and open, and want to have that conversation.”
Responding to Todd’s question about what it would take for Rapinoe to consider visiting Trump’s White House, she laughed and said, “There are like 50 policy issues that we could probably reverse.”
“I understand that progress is sometimes slow and I’ll never close any door all the way, but I think it would take more than Trump is willing to do,” Rapinoe added.