Jayme Chandler Franklin, founder of right-wing publication The Conservateur, tweeted, "Why must everything now be about the LGBTQ community? Can’t we show “solidarity” for all Americans cheering on Team USA? There’s nothing more inclusive than the 🇺🇸 flag."
Trump supporter and journalist Miranda Devine wrote, "Qatar will be impressed."
Controversial right-wing Twitter account LibsofTikTok responded to the announcement with a clown emoji.
Conservative talk show host Steve Deace wrote, "As if I needed another reason to hate this wretched and boring turd world country sport."
Fox & Friends co-host Will Cain asked, "So…are we homophobic if we believe the national colors should remain red, white and blue?"
But US Soccer stands behind the badge redesign.
"Our rainbow badge has an important and consistent role in the identity of US Soccer," US Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe told Reuters.
"As part of our approach for any match or event, we include rainbow branding to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote a spirit of inclusiveness and welcoming to all fans across the globe."
"As a result, locations that we will manage and operate at the FIFA World Cup, such as the team hotel, media areas, and parties, will feature both traditional and rainbow US Soccer branding," Buethe added.
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