Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team, has declined to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with her teammates before each match, opting in the past to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Just like his criticism of the NFL star, Donald Trump also condemned Rapinoe’s choice to protest the National Anthem.
The President told The Hill that her decision isn’t appropriate, but noted that he “love[s] watching women’s soccer. They’re really talented.”
Following a statement from the U.S. Soccer Federation against kneeling during the National Anthem and enacting a policy that required standing in March 2017 according to ESPN, Rapinoe agreed to follow the new rules, but hastily.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again,” she told Yahoo Sports in May.
Most recently, the soccer star told Eight by Eight magazine that she’s “not going to the f—ing White House.” See below.
— Eight by Eight (@8by8mag) June 25, 2019