Megan Rapinoe has been vocal about her opposition to President Donald Trump, and he has also been anything but shy about expressing his feelings about the soccer player, who recently helped lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to another World Cup victory.
Rapinoe has said she would not accept a White House invitation, but did take the opportunity to send a message to the president while appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
“There’s a good chance the president is watching this interview, or will watch this interview,” Cooper noted, before asking her what she would like to say to him.
“I think that I would say that your message is excluding people,” she said, speaking into the camera.
“You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you. I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have, and what you’re saying about ’Make America Great Again.’ I think that you’re harking to an era that was not great for everyone.”
She added that Trump has “an incredible responsibility…to take care of every single person, and you need to do better for everyone.”
Rapione additionally made it clear that she, and her teammates, would be happy to visit with other lawmakers that have shown an interest in meeting with them, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and “the bipartisan Congress.”