Nothing entertains quite like a good Twitter squabble, especially when it involves our President @realDonalTrump. Yesterday, soccer magazine Eight by Eight tweeted a video of Megan Rapinoe saying she would not go to The White House if invited.
Never one to pass on an opportunity to play out a social media feud, or the opportunity to feed athletes some cheeseburgers, Trump responded with three rapid fire tweets.
Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and 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! We haven’t yet….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
….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. The USA is doing GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
This whole thing was rather entertaining. Rapinoe’s fiery hot take on visiting The White House didn’t come out of left field — for years, she’s stood up for marginalized people and openly voiced discontent for the current administration. As a captain and leader in the sport, it’s heartening to see Rapinoe stand her ground.
From Trump’s side, the tweets alone would’ve been brushed off. But it’s the words Trump said in an interview with The Hill that are harder for fans to forget.
When asked about what he thought of Rapinoe, our country’s team captain, kneeling during the national anthem, Trump said he thought it was inappropriate. He went on to say this about equal pay for the women’s and men’s teams:
“I think a lot of it also has to do with the economics,” Trump said. “I mean who draws more, where is the money coming in. I know that when you have the great stars like [Portugal’s Cristiano] Ronaldo and some of these stars … that get paid a lot of money, but they draw hundreds of thousands of people.”
“But I haven’t taken a position on that at all,” he added. “I’d have to look at it.”
President Trump weighs in on @uswnt ⚽️— talks about the “economics” without saying he’s in favor of #payequity. He also says it’s inappropriate for star @mPinoe to protest the National Anthem. Here’s my convo w/ @cbrennansports pic.twitter.com/xn0gHbwXpE— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) June 25, 2019
I suppose you can’t blame the guy for not being up-to-date on recent reports about how women’s games bring in more revenue than men’s (but perhaps you can blame his aids for not briefing him before an interview where the question about equal pay was a given).
Sure, the numbers are important, but no one is asking him to be the neutral third party in the impending mediation. It’s a simple question: should men and women be paid equally for doing the same job?
That’s a question that shouldn’t make you think twice.