Rapinoe confused about dad’s likely vote for Trump
Megan Rapinoe isn’t a fan of President Donald Trump. She’s made that more than clear before, during and after the U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup triumph in France earlier this summer.
Rapinoe drew Trump’s attention on social media after her criticism of him and her clear stance on not wanting to visit the White House after the tournament. That, naturally, started a cross-Atlantic feud between the two.
But her activism didn’t begin with Trump this summer. Far from it.
Rapinoe frequently protests during the playing of the national anthem by taking a knee, similar to NFL players protesting racial injustice, or by remaining silent with her hands behind her back. She has been at the forefront of the USWNT’s battle for equal pay for quite some time, and even called herself a “walking protest.”
The origins of her activism and fights for equality stem largely from her family and her childhood. Yet the confusing part, she said, is that her parents’ beliefs don’t quite line up with hers.
“I feel like I grew up with all of these lessons (about equality), but nothing was ever spoken. No language was ever put about it,” Rapinoe told The Guardian. “Both of my parents should be really progressive — especially my mom — and I don’t get that they’re not.
“I’m always saying, ‘You guys should really be Democrats!’ But they’re not, so what’s happening?”
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