Megan Rapinoe has hit out at Donald Trump for inciting a “white supremacist mob” in last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) star was asked about her thoughts in a call with reporters and wasn’t shy about calling out the mob and President Donald Trump.
“This was about white supremacy and holding up white supremacy,” Rapinoe told a media teleconference, according to The Guardian’s Bryan Armen Graham.
She added, “Hopefully (it’s) the final straw for so many people to really understand the reason that we’re here is because we never have actually had a reckoning with what our country really is. This is America. Make no mistake about it. I think we showed very much our true colors. This is not the first time we’ve seen a murderous mob like that. Unleashing a white supremacy mob is nothing new to America as people of color, Black and brown, know very well.”
“Our chief political leader incited an actual, real-life murderous and deadly insurrection against his own government, against his own people, against his own party,” Rapinoe said.
“The vice president of the United States was in the halls of congress, as were congresspeople and senators alike, and all the people that work in that building as well, from the staff to the Capitol Police.”
Rapinoe believes the U.S. is fortunate that the attempted insurrection wasn’t more deadly and urged a thorough investigation to punish those responsible.
“All the calls for unity and moving forward obviously cannot come without justice,” she continued. “If we do not punish this and investigate this to the fullest extent, it only encourages more of this to happen. We should not underestimate what could have happened. …
“So anybody thinking, ‘Oh well, they really wouldn’t have done that much and I think we should give them sort of a pass,’ maybe we haven’t seen this in our lifetimes, but I think that we should make no mistake about what the intent was. It was a murderous moment. Five people are dead and we can’t bring them back.”