Megan Rapinoe 'disgusted' by Trump's go back tweets, says we're not far from president blurting out a racial slur
The US team's World Cup soccer star also expressed her delight over the general public's disapproval of the president's tweets
World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe has blasted President Donald Trump over his comments calling on four Democrat congresswomen to get out of the US and "go back" to the countries they originally came from.
"It's disgusting, to be honest," said Rapinoe during an appearance on CNN's The Van Jones Show on Saturday (20 July). The response from the soccer star came after she was asked what she thought of Trump's tweet attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
"To say it's disappointing is... it doesn't even come close," she added. "I'm just honestly waiting for a racial slur to come out like we're not far from it at all. How much closer do we need to be?"
The co-captain and star midfielder of the world champion US women’s national soccer team, however, expressed her delight over the general public's apparent disapproval of the president's tweets, adding that she was happy Representative Omar was warmly greeted by her supporters at the airport when she returned to her hometown in Minnesota.
"The more that we just are upset about it and don't accept that kind of behavior from all sides, then the better place we're going to be," she said.
Rapinoe came to spotlight after she led the US soccer team last month to win the World Cup. She had earlier this year ahs said that she would not be "going to the f*****g White House" if the team won the championship.
During the interview, Rapinoe was also asked who her favorites were from the many Democratic presidential nominee hopefuls for 2020.
The soccer star explained she found Sen. Elizabeth Warren" so smart" and an "organized" thinker. She also expressed interest in Sen. Kamala Harris, who she "would never want to get in an argument" with.
"Maybe it's time for us as a country to just embrace a woman as president," Rapinoe said. "Let's just see what happens."
While some fans suggested Rapinoe should run for president, the athlete responded to them saying she would be "like, wildly unqualified to be running for office."