USWNT star Megan Rapinoe and President Donald Trump are continuing to go round-and-round about protesting during the national anthem and visiting the White House. On Wednesday morning Trump fired back at Rapinoe for her comment about not wanting to visit the White House, using his very favorite social media platform, Twitter.
To quickly recap this kerfuffle, Rapinoe has chosen to stay silent during the national anthem to protest injustice and inequality, which she’s been doing for several years. Her practice of silence has come into the spotlight with the USWNT in the Women’s World Cup, and Trump recently said that he doesn’t believe it’s appropriate for her to protest during the anthem.
Eight by Eight magazine then released a months-old video of Rapinoe saying definitively, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House. … We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it.”
While replying to Megan Rapinoe, Trump featured a social-media gaffe Wednesday, when he accidentally tagged a similarly named woman in a tweet — sending her anonymous account viral.
“Women’s soccer player, [mPinoe], just stated that she is ‘not going to the F…ing White House if we win,’” Trump wrote in a series of messages, amid his pitched battle with Rapinoe. “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!”
The only problem was that Trump first sent an identical tweet tagging “[meganrapino],” a relative unknown who woke up Wednesday with less than 1,000 followers — and she took the opportunity to dive into the spat.
“and she was right to say so cry me a river,” responded Rapino to Trump’s since-deleted tweet, backing Rapinoe. “plus this isn’t even her acc.”
The clapback racked up thousands of likes in less than an hour — and Rapino wasn’t done.
“SAVE ME,” Rapino wrote in another tweet, tagging the similarly named soccer star.
“lowkey trying to get the real @mPinoe to notice me,” she cracked in another message.