United States women's captain and World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has become an international star over the past few weeks for her performances on the pitch and speaking out against Donald Trump.
The 33-year-old who not only won the entire tournament but was also awarded the Golden Boot, for most goals scored and the Golden Ball, for the best player overall, became a household name after condemning the Trump administration and vowing not to go to the 'f**king White House', even before their triumph in France.
Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper after USA's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday's final, Rapinoe again addressed Trump and implored him to do better and stop excluding people from his 'message.'
Talking directly to the camera, Rapinoe said:
I would say that your message is excluding people. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of colour, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you.
I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you are saying about 'make America great again.' I think that you are harking back to an era that was not great for everyone.
It might have been great for a few people. Maybe America is great for a few people right now but it is not great for enough Americans in this world.
We have a responsibility, each and every one of us. You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person and you need to do better for everyone.
Trump's criticism of Rapinoe has subsided since his initial outburst and he even congratulated the team on their win. However, Rapinoe refused to back down on her original statement about not visiting the White House, with her teammates adopting the same stance.
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