This is a huge accomplishment for the women’s football team, as they got off to quite a rough Olympics start. First, after waiting five years since their heartbreak of losing to Sweden at the 2016 Olympics, they faced a nearly identical fate this year when Sweden once again defeated the team in a 3-0 match. Following this upset, Team Canada beat USA by 1-0 — the first time the U.S. had lost to their northern neighbours since 2001.
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Megan Rapinoe specifically faced immense scrutiny for the losses, as many conservative critics perceived these as the progressive footballer’s personal failures. And now, despite their win, former U.S. President Donald Trump has weighed in, asserting that if the team of “Leftist Manics” weren’t “woke,” they would have won the gold. “Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad,” he continued, seemingly not realising what a major achievement an Olympics medal is in itself.
Ex-POTUS attacks @ussoccer women’s Olympic team and specifically calls out @mPinoe. https://t.co/61PJvt9MRx
Other conservatives have expressed similar theories about being “woke.” “The US Women’s Soccer Team went WOKE and now they lost to Canada. That’s what happens when you put political propaganda before sport and hard work,” Brigitte Gabriel, author and founder of the conservative group “Act for America,” wrote on Twitter.
The US Women’s Soccer Team went WOKE and now they lost to Canada.
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