• Megan Rapinoe Excludes People … While Criticizing the President for Excluding People

    Daily Surge Summary: Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has reproved Donald Trump for “excluding people”, while apparently unaware how excluding are her own words and behavior.

    We’ll have to file this one in the “I’m sorry, what…?” folder:

    US women’s soccer captain Megan Rapinoe challenged President Donald Trump on Tuesday night to start showing he cares for every single American, saying his message is excluding groups of Americans. [Caroline Kelly/CNN]

    It’s plain the suddenly globally recognized sports phenom hasn’t been taking her self-awareness vitamins.

    Chatting last week with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, her World Cup trophy on display beside her, Rapinoe, who has transcended her role as a star athlete to become an outspoken advocate for gender equality and equal pay, made clear her hostility toward Donald Trump is not going to be retired,

    “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you … [Y]ou’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone — it might have been great for a few people, and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world.”

    The soccer superstar-cum-SJW has now confirmed for all the world to see: a) she can kick a soccer ball with a decent degree of skill; and b) she’s clueless to the facts concerning the way multiplied-million Americans’ lives have been improving the past two or three years – owning in part to Donald Trump’s economic policies.

    Rapinoe — a “walking protest” (her own words)

    has skyrocketed to national prominence for leading her team’s undefeated run to win the World Cup on Sunday, championing the lawsuit filed by 28 US Women’s National Team players demanding pay equal to the men’s team — and asserting that she would not be “going to the f*****g White House” if the women’s team won the World Cup. Her comments were made in January but became public only last month.

    Following the US team’s World Cup championship this year – two-in-a-row for them – Rapinoe exulted in front of a New York City throng, “New York City, you’re the mother f***ing” best!”

    She has repeatedly refused to stand as the National Anthem has played while the U.S. flag is being raised.

    Donald Trump responded to this:

     “We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but 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.”

    Props to Ms. Rapinoe for reportedly regretting her trademark public profanity, but she has stood by her decision to decline a White House visit.

    “I would not go, and every teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it would not go. I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build, and the things that we fight for, and the way that we live our life — I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” Rapinoe told Cooper.

    She added she didn’t want to be “put us on display” by the White House.

    A word to the thirty-four-year-old soccer celebrity: there is more than one way to “co-opt” or “corrupt” a luminous accomplishment. Regular and flamboyant profanity, for instance; that could do the nasty trick; or gracelessly strutting and mugging following a dramatic victory; or forcing divisive partisan discussion in an environment in which most people simply want to tune in to watch a sporting event; or tacitly but acerbically insulting those who cheer your on-the-field exploits but might differ with you politically.

    If you’re so concerned about not being “put on display” in the glowing World Cup aftermath, why make such a stubborn and unflattering spectacle of yourself?

    Shorthand lesson: persistent bad manners can alienate not a few of your fellow Americans – of your fellow man in general — who feel “excluded” by your crass hijinks.

    Please, find a recording of your own statements, Ms. Rapinoe. Give a listen, or better a viewing, to them. You might stumble across a fresh application for yourself of your own counsel to the President.

    Image: Screen shot: Anderson Cooper 360; https://youtu.be/8X5ixs8Nsd0

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