Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US women’s football team, has revealed that her father almost certainly voted for Donald Trump.
Rapinoe, the most visible member of the World Cup-winning side and an outspoken critic of the president, made the revelation in an interview with The Guardian while discussing her relationship with her parents:
I’m very similar to how they are, even though I think my dad voted for Trump and I’ll say:
‘I don’t get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter.
The attacking midfielder who won the Golden Boot at the tournament in France went on to say that she’s advised her parents to seek therapy, admitting there have been some major arguments over the years.
Despite this, Rapinoe is still very close to her family:
I talk to my parents all the time, every day. And I feel like I have seen progress and growth.
I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and be OK with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn’t happen that quickly.
It’s heartening to learn that people with political differences can still remain close, even if things become strained at times. A lesson for us all.