The Washington state governor, a Democratic candidate for president, has said he would make Rapinoe his Secretary of State if elected. But today on Meet The Press, the team co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer team said she prefers to keep playing.
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“I’m not sure I’m qualified for office,” Rapinoe said Sunday when asked by host Chuk Todd what’s next for her after leading the US women to their second consecutive World Cup championship.
Todd responded: “There’s no qualifications for office these days.”
Rapinoe replied, “That’s true, up to 44, I guess there was.” President Donald Trump is the 45th president.
The purple haired Rapinoe, who kneels during the National Anthem, has rejected a White House visit, and is known for inserting expletives in her public utterances, has been using the platform gained by kicking a soccer ball to elevate her views in other areas. She said she plans to keep pushing for equal pay for the women’s team.
“I’m gonna fight for equal pay every day, for myself, for my team and for every single person out there — man, woman, immigrant, US citizen, person of color, whatever it may be,” Rapinoe said. “Equal pay, as the great Serena Williams said, ’til I’m in my grave.’”
Rapinoe also talked about her polarizing personality.
“I think Trump’s message excludes people that look like me and that are me, of course,” Rapinoe said. “But it excludes a lot of people in his base as well, and I think that he’s trying to divide so he can conquer, not unite so we all can conquer.”
EXCLUSIVE: World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe says she will continue her fight for equal pay #MTP #IfItsSunday @mPinoe: "I am going to fight for equal pay, every day. For myself, for my team and for every single person … man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color" pic.twitter.com/YSTvYEMdrB
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 14, 2019