Megan Rapinoe finds herself in a war of words with President Trump. (Michael Chow/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
PARIS — The inevitable happened.
President Donald Trump shot back at Megan Rapinoe.
In a video released by Eight by Eight magazine Tuesday, Rapinoe said that, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House. … We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it.”
She later added, “No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it.”
In a tweet storm Wednesday morning, Trump retaliated.
“Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is ‘not going to the F…ing White House if we win’,” he said.
“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose.
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”
Trump had to delete his original three tweets because he tagged the wrong woman — Megan Rapino.
The 33-year-old Rapinoe was one of the first U.S. athletes to join former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
She has criticized the president, calling him “misogynistic,” “small-minded,” and “racist.”
Rapinoe and her U.S. teammates are preparing to meet France in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup at Parc des Princes in the French capital Friday.