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David Horsey at Seattle Times:Girls, master your free kicks and free speech
Girls, master your free kicks and free speech
Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the world champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, is a local hero who has made a big mark on the international stage with her athletic prowess, her flamboyant joy on the football pitch and her uncompromising disdain for President Donald Trump.
In an interview prior to the start of the Women’s World Cup, Rapinoe said, if the team came out on top and were invited to pay a visit to the president, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House.” At various times the soccer star has called Trump “sexist,” “misogynistic,” “small-minded,” “racist” and “not a good person,” while describing herself as “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration.”
Rapinoe and her teammates are role models for millions of American girls, which will sit well with most parents in Seattle. In Trump-loving areas of the state and country, though, mom and dad are bound to be appalled.
Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT gets ticker tape parade in New York’s ‘Canyon of Heroes’ | LIVE UPDATES
The U.S. Women’s National team has made it two in a row at the World Cup. To celebrate its 2-0 win over Netherlands in the 2019 Final, Team USA will get another ride down the “Canyon of Heroes” in New York City. It’s a repeat performance for the USWNT, which made the ride four years ago to celebrate its 2015 World Cup victory.
Hope LP goes down for the TT parade. He’s a bit of a soccer fan after all.
pogo, hope you told him to wave to you. 🙂
ironic isn’t it that the old derogatory phrase “ball busting women” has new meaning now.
The US women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe has delivered an uncompromising message to Donald Trump, amid ongoing controversy over a possible visit to the White House by the World Cup champions.
Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper what she would like to say to the American leader, Rapinoe said: “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.”
Rapinoe expressed regret for excessive swearing but stood by her decision to turn down a visit to the White House.
“I would not go, and every teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it would not go,” she said.
“I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build, and the things that we fight for, and the way that we live our life … I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” Rapinoe told Cooper.
She added that allowing the White House to “put us on display” didn’t “make sense for us at all”, adding: “There are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that could really affect change in Washington than going to the White House.”
The sports star added the US needed to have a “reckoning” with the implications of Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan. “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 right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world.”
She added: “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.”
Amy McGrath takes on the more evil of evils in the senate majority leader. The primary question is how much do the Russians want to keep him in the Senate? Putin has a lot of money, but at some point the price of keeping the Senate and the senate majority leader, along with SFB, in office becomes steep. Dems are learning their messages, a bit of a change for many Dems who were a bit shy of attacking hard, but now realize it is important to do so.
Since doing genealogy involves a great deal of poring over census records, this is a major issue for me. ANYTHING that results in an undercount can adversely effect anyone doing family research.
Go Team USA! Go Women’s sports!
Of course the far right hates those women’s guts…. which to me means they are on the correct path.
I forgot that Megan Rapinoe was appearing last night on Rachel’s show. I’ll find the interview on MSNBC’s website later today.
Yes, Renee, you do want to find and watch it. It was a good interview. Although it’s faint praise Meghan is a lot more articulate than SFB could ever hope to be.
She’s great and wants to do more! I hope she runs for office someplace.
‘Tom Steyer yuk
talk about an interview. this one is really heartbreaking. warning: graphic account
In a TODAY exclusive, Jennifer Araoz shares with Savannah Guthrie her chilling account of alleged sexual assault by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, which she says happened when she was in high school. Araoz is not part of the Southern District of New York’s case against Epstein, who pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges.
NY Times: ‘It Could Have Been Any of Us’: Disdain for Trump Runs Among Ambassadors
WASHINGTON — Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday, wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump administration, and their response is uniform: We wrote the same stuff.
“Yes, yes, everyone does,” Gérard Araud, who retired this spring as the French ambassador, said on Wednesday morning of his own missives from Washington. “But fortunately I knew that nothing would remain secret, so I sent them in a most confidential manner.”
“It could have been any of us,” one ambassador, who is still serving and therefore spoke on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday.
Until Mr. Darroch’s confidential cables appeared in The Daily Mail over the weekend, none of the major ambassadors in Washington had been denounced by Mr. Trump as “wacky” or “very stupid” — descriptors that the envoy’s friends were quick to say hardly applied to one of Britain’s most sophisticated diplomats and former national security advisers.
“The fact that Sir Kim has been bullied out of his job because of Donald Trump’s tantrums and Boris Johnson’s pathetic lickspittle response is something that shames our country,” said Emily Thornberry, the British opposition Labour Party’s shadow foreign secretary. “It makes a laughingstock out of our government.”
She added, “Just imagine Churchill allowing this humiliating, servile, sycophantic indulgence of the American president’s ego to go unchallenged.”
NEW THREAD if anybody’s there or even cares
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