Donald Trump pans US women’s football team after bronze medal win over Australia at Olympics
Former United States president Donald Trump has actually panned his own nation’s Olympic football group after its bronze medal win over Australia on Thursday.
The United States Women’s National Team entered into the Olympics as the ruling world champs and gold medal favourites, prior to suffering a surprise defeat to Canada in the semi-finals.
But the Americans a minimum of ended on a favorable note (regrettably, from our viewpoint), whipping Australia 4-3 in a pulsating match to claim 3rd location.
“It feels like we really had to earn that thing. And we’re very proud of it,” the group’s captain, Becky Sauerbrunn, said of the bronze medal.
“Obviously we wanted to get a gold medal. Everyone wants to get a gold medal, Americans love golds. The fact is we potentially didn’t deserve to get a gold.”
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Mr Trump used a less charitable evaluation of the outcome, launching a declaration blaming “wokeness” for the group’s failure to win gold.
“If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of leftist maniacs, wasn’t woke, they would have won the gold medal instead of the bronze,” the previous president stated.
“Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has.
“There were, however, a few patriots standing. Unfortunately, they need more than that respecting our country and national anthem. They should replace the wokesters with patriots and start winning again.
“The woman with the purple hair played terribly and spends too much time thinking about radical left politics and not doing her job!”
The “woman with the purple hair” is Megan Rapinoe, who really scored 2 incredible objectives in the bronze medal match– one a delicious volley, the other an unusual “Olimpico”, in which she scored straight from a corner kick.
One can just presume Mr Trump did not view the video game prior to pontificating on it.
Incidentally, Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or for being the world’s finest gamer in 2019, when she was simply as politically active as she is now.
Mr Trump’s assertion that just “a few patriots” meant the nationwide anthem is a little confusing also. Every United States gamer has actually meant the anthem at every match inTokyo The group revealed it would stop kneeling all the method back in February.
Rapinoe began to kneel throughout the anthem in 2016 in uniformity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the practice to demonstration versus racial oppression. When other NFL gamers did the same, Mr Trump stated they ought to be fired.
Some false information did spread online after the Americans’ very first match in Tokyo, versus Sweden, with some on social networks declaring gamers knelt throughout the anthem.
That was not the case. Both groups and the referee knelt for 10 seconds right before kick-off in a cumulative demonstration versus discrimination and racial inequality.
Perhaps that is what Mr Trump was thinking about.
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The Republican political leader has actually brought something of an animosity versus the United States females’s group for many years now. To be reasonable, the gamers do not like him much either.
The group decreased an invite to satisfy him at the White House after winning the 2019World Cup Rapinoe notoriously stated, and I price estimate: “I’m not going to the f***ing White House.”
Multiple gamers have actually taken stands on social problems over the last few years, however Rapinoe is the most politically active, and for that reason the one who cops the most criticism.
In 2016, after kneeling in uniformity with Kaepernick, she discussed her position.
“I think it’s actually pretty disgusting, the way he was treated,” Rapinoe stated.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all your liberties. It was something small that I could do, and something that I plan to keep doing in the future, and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation.”
She openly backed Elizabeth Warren throughout the Democratic governmental primaries in 2019 and 2020, and consequently appeared at the Democratic National Convention to support Joe Biden, who went on to beat Mr Trump in the basic election.
Mr Trump has actually regularly criticised professional athletes for wading into politics, attempting the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA. He just recently knocked the Cleveland Indians, a baseball franchise, for altering its name to the Cleveland Guardians.
The relocate to a less racially insensitive name came a year after the Washington Redskins ended up being the Washington Football Team (Mr Trump criticised that choice too).
“The new name will be the Cleveland Guardians, which is terrible,” the previous president informed his advocates at a rally in late July.
“If I were an Indian I’d sue. Sue them. I mean, what could be better? Especially if you have a good team. The Cleveland Indians, it’s one of the greatest names. One of the most incredible logos. People love it.
“They want to take away our history, our heritage, our culture, and everything that holds us together.”
In the exact same speech, he likewise discussed the Olympic football group’s defeat to Sweden in its very first video game, which ended a 44-match unbeaten streak. Mr Trump stated Americans were “happy” about the loss.
The crowd reacted by cheering.
Mr Trump has actually frequently possessed his own sporting expertise. He declares to have actually won 18 golf club champions, and has actually stated he might have been an expert baseball gamer.
Naturally, both claims have actually been completely taken a look at.
Sportswriter Rick Reilly did a deep dive into the golf champions Mr Trump states he won. Reilly discovered he was lying about 16 of them, and could not discover any proof to either back up or oppose him on the other 2.
We understand for a reality that Mr Trump didn’t even complete in among the competitions he apparently won, since he was practically a hundred miles away at the time.
Reilly likewise found that Mr Trump is a serial cheater at golf, which fascinated him a lot that he composed a book about it. It’s worth a checked out if you desire some humorous anecdotes.
What about baseball? Leander Schaerlaeckens, another sportswriter, looked into Mr Trump’s performance in the sport, and concluded he was “a solid defensive first baseman but a bad hitter”, with a batting average of.138 in school.
That is not a great average.
“You don’t hit .138 for some podunk, cold weather high school playing the worst competition you could possibly imagine. You wouldn’t even get recruited for Division I baseball programs, let alone by pro teams. That’s totally unthinkable,” baseball author Keith Law informed Schaerlaeckens after taking a look at Mr Trump’s record.
“It’s absolutely laughable. He hits .138. He couldn’t f***ing hit, that’s pretty clear.”
Perhaps he was too woke.