Co-captain of the World Cup-winning US Women's Soccer team, Megan Rapinoe, continued to be outspoken on Sunday, when she made an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. Naturally, the talk eventually turned to President Trump and his policies.
"I think that I would try to share our message. Do you believe that all people are created equal? Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated? Do you believe that everyone should have healthcare? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect?" Rapinoe said.
"I will continue to be vulnerable and be honest and be open and want to have that conversation," she added. "Because I think Trump’s message excludes people that look like me and that are me, of course. 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 can all conquer."
Along with her critique of Trump, Rapinoe used her platform to continue speaking out against the wage gap between male and female athletes. She began by saying that she's disappointed in the way corporate sponsors promote this discrepancy.
"I think that we can do a lot more a lot more quickly. I think that it is a complicated issue and I think sometimes we get in the weeds about it, can’t see the forest for the trees, when big sponsors can just write the check," Rapinoe explained. "These are some of the most powerful corporations, not just in sports but in the world and have so much weight that they can throw around. And I think that they just need to get comfortable throwing it around."