"I think that I'm particularly and uniquely and very deeply American".
Rapinoe sat out USA's 2-1 semi-final win over England on Tuesday with a minor hamstring injury but is hopeful of featuring in Sunday's final. "More importantly, Barack Obama tweeted at us which I definitely liked so I saw that one and I was really excited about that", she says, grinning from ear to ear.
"She says she's hoping to be ready for the WNBA playoffs, but "(t) hen it becomes this team has played an entire season without me, is that fair?
USA women's national soccer team star Ali Krieger on Thursday reiterated her vow not to visit the White House in protest at President Donald Trump and his administration. But he invited the team to visit, win or lose.
On Thursday, Rapinoe's teammate, Ali Keiger, expressed support for Rapinoe's refusal to go to the White House.
"I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect", Krieger said. "I feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor and I didn't want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings". The comment drew the ire of President Donald Trump, and in the days since Rapinoe has continued to make headlines both for her performance on the field and her comments off it.More news: Donald Trump Says All "Very Much Under Control" After California Earthquake
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Rapinoe is known for being outspoken and using colorful language. She received significant backlash in 2016 when she was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem at a sporting event after Colin Kaepernick began doing so as a protest. She's also faced controversy for her actions during the playing of the National Anthem. In France she has not sung the anthem or put her hand on her heart while it plays before each game. But I think that I stand for honesty and for truth and for wanting to have the conversation.
"I feel very fortunate to be in this country, I'd never be able to do this in a lot of other places", she said. But also that doesn't mean we can't get better. And that doesn't mean we shouldn't always strive to be better. Rapinoe also pushed back against those who have accused her of being ignorant to the opportunities afforded to her as an American. The whole team was chastised when players celebrated every goal in a 13-0 rout of Thailand to open the tournament.
Morgan headed in her sixth goal of the tournament in Lyon on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 victory for U.S., who advanced to a third-straight final, and she celebrated the victor by pretending to drink tea with her little finger raised.
"Wah, wah, wah. We're at the World Cup".
Rapinoe - who is capable of grand gestures such as her smiling, take-me-as-I-am, arms-outstretched pose after she scored the second of her two goals in the Americans' quarterfinal victory over France last week - offered a nuanced and passionate response that's worth attention. "To me, this isn't a matter of tax reform and things of that nature", Bird said Wednesday (per The Associated Press).