Rachel Maddow Crushing on Megan Rapinoe Is All of Us

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2019

"You need to do better-for everyone".

United States Women's National Team star Megan Rapinoe's name dominated headlines around the world during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, and not just because of her award-winning performance.

Rapinoe also reiterated her position against going to the White House if Trump were to invite the team, which hasn't happened as of Wednesday morning. "Today, on behalf of all of us at U.S. Soccer, I want to say, we hear you, we believe in you, and we're committed to doing right by you".

Rapinoe, one of several gay players on the team, also took aim at Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, saying the president is looking back to a time that "was not great for everyone". "It might have been great for a few people and maybe America's great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world". The team was led by Megan Rapinoe who is proud of contributing to the victory. Last month, the two sides agreed to mediation but Rapinoe remained critical of how global soccer body Federation Internationale de Football Association treats women players, noting that president Gianni Infantino's pledge to double the women's World Cup prize pool money would still leave a large gap with the men. "It's hard to compare eras - I think every sport has that - but I think we at least have a good argument".

During the tournament, Rapinoe said there was no way she would be going to the White House if they won.

Obviously, Cooper asked about her exchange with Trump and how she feels about the president.

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'There are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that can really affect change in Washington than going to the White House, ' she told CNN's Anderson Cooper after returning home from France.

She also said that she was open to meeting other members of Congress and other political leaders, just not the USA president.

"We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose", Trump then added.

While the Golden Ball victor and her teammates have since turned their attention towards equal pay, the PPP found she trumped the current president 42% to 41%. Rapinoe ended with both the Golden Ball for best player, and the Golden Boot, as her six goals came from fewer minutes on the field than teammate Alex Morgan or England's Ellen White.

So, while a visit to the White House seems unlikely, Rapinoe said they would accept the invitations to Capitol Hill offered by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"I think we will make that decision after we finish Sunday's game", Morgan told The Hill.

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