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This U.S. Soccer Star Who Wants Equal Pay For Women's Teams Declined Trump's Invite To The White House

PHOTO: Instagram/mrapinoe

U.S. Women's National Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe and her teammates are on a high, having just won the World Cup in Paris, France on July 7. 

But despite their victory, tension is in the air. When asked if she was excited about going to the White House (winning sports teams usually visit), Megan replied, "I'm not going to the fucking White House. No. I'm not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited. I doubt it." Here's the video that went viral:


U.S. President Donald Trump couldn't help but react to the viral video, saying that win or lose, he's inviting Megan's team to the White House, but they should win first and she should "finish the job" before she talks.

"Be proud of the flag that you wear. The USA is doing great!" he said in one of his tweets.

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Since 2016, Megan has refused to put her hand on her chest when the U.S. national anthem is played, as a form of protest against gender inequality and police violence. In fact, she used to kneel to their national anthem, until it was banned by the U.S. Soccer Federation. President Trump has been very vocal about his disapproval of Megan's "silent protest," saying it's totally inappropriate.

Megan has also been fighting for equal pay for women's teams, something which she raised during her team's post-win press conference. She expressed her dismay with the reality that female athletes are not getting paid the same as male athletes, simply because they're women.


In an interview with CNN, Megan also gave a powerful message to President Trump, in response to his tweets. 

"I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you're saying about 'Make America great again,'" she said. "I think that you're harking back to an era that was not great for everyone. It might have been great for a few people and maybe America's great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world and I think that we have a responsibility, each and every one of us. We 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."


In an interview with Time, Megan shares though that their movement has gone beyond just equal pay for female athletes, but for women, in general. 

Megan, also an LGBTQ advocate, is enjoying her relationship with her girlfriend, Sue Bird, who plays for the WNBA Seattle Storm team. The two have been dating since 2016.

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