The war of words between President Trump and Megan Rapinoe got some new life breathed into it on Wednesday, thanks to a weeks-old comment. Things first got testy after the co-captain of the US women's soccer team carried her team to the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. Trump was asked by the Hill if he considered her silent stance with hands at her side during the national anthem—intended to protest inequality and injustice—appropriate. He didn't. Here's where things have gone since then:
- Eight By Eight Magazine posted a clip to Twitter Tuesday in which Rapinoe is asked if she's "excited" about the possibility of winning the World Cup and getting to visit the White House as a result. "I'm not going to the f---ing White House," she replied. "No. I’m not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited ... I doubt it." The article the comment came from was posted online June 11, and the Washington Post reports the clip dates to May.
- The president responded Wednesday in a three-part tweet, which quotes her line and reads in part: "Teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!"
- He continued, "I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!"