Trump critic Megan Rapinoe was just mysteriously benched for key World Cup playoff game

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Today, the United States Women’s National Team is taking on the United Kingdom in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup, but curiously absent from the starting lineup is Megan Rapinoe, the star athlete who has recently been causing a stir both for her dominant performance on the field and for her outspoken criticism of President Trump.

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Heads turned around the nation when the team announced that Rapinoe, who has scored all four American goals so far in the knockout stage of the tournament, would not be in the starting line-up and did not participate in pre-game warmups.

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While the team was quick to declare that this was not because of disciplinary reasons, they also refused to comment on her health. Rapinoe has not been seen warming up on the sideline, making it unlikely that this is some kind ofsurprise second-half feint.

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Rapinoe made headlines around the nation when she quipped “No, I’m not going to the f*cking White House” if her team won the Women’s World Cup. She also referred to him as “sexist,” “misogynistic,” “small-minded,” “racist” and “not a good person,” but it was the refusal to share her spotlight with him that really set him off.

She earned his ire for her viral remarks, prompting an inevitable Twitter outburst from the ostensible leader of the free world.

Last night, Rapinoe’s girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird, published a stunning essay in which she tore the president a new one for remarks: 

“It would take the President of the United States going on a hate-filled Twitter spree trolling my girlfriend while she was putting American soccer, women’s sports, equal pay, gay pride and TRUE LOVE on her back, all at once, scoring two majestic goals to lead Team USA to a thrilling victory over France and a place in the World Cup SEMIFINALS, for me to ever even think about writing again,” Bird wrote. “But I’m a woman of my word. So here I am.”

All of this drama between the President and Rapinoe is causing many to wonder why the star player is being held out of a very, very important soccer game.

UPDATE: It appears that Rapinoe pulled a hamstring during yesterday’s practice and is sitting out for health reasons. That didn’t stop people from freaking out!

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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