Jul 10, 2019

Megan Rapinoe: Trump is excluding Americans with his "MAGA" message

Megan Rapinoe at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France. Photo: Maddie Meye/FIFA via Getty Images

U.S. women's soccer World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday night President Trump is excluding people with his "Make America Great Again" message, "harking back to an era that was not great for everyone."

The big picture: Trump railed against the co-captain on Twitter last month after she said she wouldn't go to the White House should the U.S. win the World Cup in France. They clinched the trophy Sunday, as fans in the Lyon stadium chanted "equal pay" — a nod to the U.S. team's fight against gender disparities in soccer. Rapinoe said she still wouldn't visit the White House "and every teammate that I've talked to explicitly about it would not go."

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U.S. soccer bill to block 2026 World Cup funds until equal pay occurs

The U.S. team celebrates the France 2019 Women's World Cup final win over the Netherlands. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would deny federal funding for the 2026 World Cup until the United States Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay for the men's and women’s U.S. national teams.

Why it matters: The U.S. is due to host the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico. Pressure has been building on the soccer governing body to address gender disparities since the U.S. team won the Women's World Cup in Lyon, France on Sunday, triggering chants of "equal pay" from the crowd.

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U.S. Soccer sponsor P&G sides with women's team equal pay fight

Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States holds the 2019 FIFA World Cup Champion Trophy. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

U.S. Soccer partner and sponsor Procter & Gamble donated more than $500,000 to the team's players association, signaling support “to be on the right side of history" on equal pay for all of its athletes, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: P&G's announcement, the first of its kind, could increase pressure on U.S. Soccer to resolve the players' federal gender discrimination lawsuit.

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U.S. Soccer says women's national team paid more than the men's side

Megan Rapinoe (center) and other members of the World Cup-winning U.S. team at a New York ticker tape parade. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Soccer Federation released a letter Monday claiming that it's paid the World Cup champion women’s team more than the men’s national team in recent years — citing figures disputed by the U.S. Women's National Team.

Why it matters: Following the USWNT's 4th World Cup win this month, equal pay in sport has become a hot-button political issue. The letter's release comes ahead of mediation in the U.S. Women's National Team’s pay-equity lawsuit against the governing body, the Wall Street Journal notes.

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