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Trump blames wake-up call Megan Rapinoe for USA’s World Cup loss

Donald Trump directed a bemused rant at the US women’s national soccer team, blaming unexpected early departure of the World Cup about a culture of awakening under “Crooked Joe Biden,” while savagely trolling Megan Rapinoe for the loss.

The United States crashed out of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday after falling to Sweden 5-4 in a penalty shootout in a crucial round of 16 match, the team’s first appearance in the tournament.

“The US women’s soccer team’s ‘shocking and totally unexpected’ loss to Sweden is fully emblematic of what is happening to our once great nation under Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump, 77, gleefully wrote , in Social Truth.

“Many of our players were openly hostile to America – no other country behaved like that, not even close,” he continued. “WAKE UP EQUAL TO FAILURE”.

Megan Rapinoe, right, missed a penalty in the fourth round, sending her team crashing out of the World Cup on Sunday.

Former US President and Republican candidate Donald Trump delivers a keynote speech at a Republican fundraising dinner in Columbia, South Carolina, US, on August 5, 2023.
Donald Trump bragged about the USA’s loss at the Women’s World Cup, which he oddly blamed on the “woke” culture under President Biden.

Trump's post on America's soccer loss at Truth Social
Trump, 77, poked fun at his longtime nemesis Megan Rapinoe in a post on Truth Social.

The 45th president concluded his rant with his longtime critic, Rapinoe, writing, “Well done Megan, the USA is going to hell!!!! MAGA.”

The 38-year-old forward missed a crucial fourth penalty, which could have sent the USWNT into the quarterfinals if he had succeeded.

Instead, Rapinoe, who will retire after this season, ended her celebrated career on a sour note, then likened missing a penalty to a “sick joke” in a interview with Fox Sports.

Rapinoe has not publicly responded to Trump’s taunts.

Conversely, President Biden praised the US women’s national soccer team, tweeting: “You have done your country proud. Congratulations on an incredible run. This team is something special and I look forward to watching you continue to inspire the Americans with your courage and determination, on and off the field.”

United States' Megan Rapinoe, third left, reacts with teammates after losing their Women's World Cup Round of 16 soccer match against Sweden in a penalty shootout in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday August 6, 2023.
Rapinoe, 38, ended her stellar career on a sour note, with her team’s first ever exit from a World Cup tournament.

Trump has long been highly critical of Rapinoe, who is known off the court for her advocacy of LGBTQ+ rights, equal pay for women in sports and racial justice.

In 2019, Rapinoe angered the then-president by declaring that if her team won the World Cup that year, she would skip the usual visit to the White House.

“Thanks, but no thanks. I’m not going to the fucking White House,” he told football magazine Eight by Eight that June. “No. I’m not going to the White House, I don’t think we’ll be invited, I doubt it.”

The USWNT won the title that year and did not go to the White House.

At the time, Trump lashed out at the forward, furious: “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House or our flag, especially because she’s done so much for her and the team.”

Megan Rapinoe after her loss
Rapinoe has been battling Trump since 2019, when she refused to visit the White House after a World Cup victory.

In August 2021, after the United States won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Trump claimed that Rapinoe, whom he disparagingly described as the “woman with the purple hair,” played “terrible” and blamed third place on “Leftist Maniacs.” ” to the team.

“If our football team, led by a radical group of left-wing maniacs, had not woken up, they would have won the gold medal instead of the bronze,” he said. “Woke means you lose, everything that’s awake goes wrong, and our football team certainly did that.”

Rapinoe ends her football career with two World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019, Ballon d’Or and Golden Boot in 2019 and an Olympic gold medal in 2012.


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