US Women's Soccer National Team captain Megan Rapinoe told CNN Monday night that President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" message sounds exclusionary to some Americans. Rapinoe began a public feud with President Trump when she said last month that she would not want to visit the White House to celebrate the team's World Cup win.
"I would not go" to the White House, she said Monday. "And every member of the team that I have talked to would not go."
"I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our life. I don’t think we want to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration," Rapinoe explained. "It's an opporunity for this administration to sort of put us on display as sort of guests for the day, and I don't think that makes sense for us at all."
"Message to the president," she 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 you’re excluding, you know, Americans that maybe support you."
"I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you’re saying about with 'Make America Great Again,'" she continued. "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 is great for a few people now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world, and I think 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.