Megan Rapinoe might not be “going to the fucking White House,” but she does have a message for Donald Trump.
The superstar athlete who led the U.S. women’s soccer team to victory at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday made an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° Tuesday night. While there, the show’s titular host asked her what she would tell the president if he were watching the interview. Turning straight to camera, Rapinoe said:
Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people who look like me. You’re excluding people of color. You’re excluding Americans that support you. We need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you’re saying about “Make America Great Again.” You’re hearkening back to an era that was not great for everyone. It might have been great for a few people — maybe America’s great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world. We have a responsibility, each and everyone one of us. You have a responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better by everyone.
Elsewhere in the interview, Rapinoe stood by her earlier comments about not “going to the fucking White House” if her team won the World Cup. “I don't think that we want [our platform that we’ve worked so hard to build] to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration," she told Cooper.” The team has accepted invitations from Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, CNN notes.