Megan Rapinoe decried the “devastating” attack on the US Capitol, uncomfortably claiming that America “showed its true colors” when a crowd of pro-Trump supporters descended on Washington DC.
“It was about white supremacy and the maintenance of white supremacy,” Rapinoe said.
The 35-year-old forward, who returns to the U.S. Women’s National Team for the first time since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup nearly a year ago, opened a media teleconference Tuesday with six-minute exposure to the turbulent state of the country. following last week’s siege.
“I hope [it’s] the last straw for so many people to really understand why we are here is because we have never really taken into account what our country really is, ”said Rapinoe. “This is America. Make no mistake about it. I think we showed our true colors. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a murderous mob like this. Unleashing a white supremacist mob is nothing new to America, as people of color, blacks and browns know very well.
She added: “It is striking how horrible it was, and how insane it was, given that the climate in the country is such that our political leaders, our chief political leader, are pushing for a murderous and deadly insurrection against his own government, against his own people, against his own party.
Protesters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday, putting it on lockdown, as Mike Pence rejected Donald Trump’s demand to undo his loss to Joe Biden and the Republican Senate leader denounced an offer to Congress to overturn the election result.
Trump supporters knocked down barriers and clashed with police on the Capitol grounds and flocked inside the building. Five people died in the attempted uprising, including a policeman.
Rapinoe urged lawmakers to push for a full investigation into what led to the invasion, warning that rushed proceedings could encourage future attacks.
“All calls for unity and to move forward obviously cannot come without justice. If we don’t punish this and investigate it as much as possible, it will only encourage more things to happen, ”she said. “We should not underestimate what could have happened. I think we are very fortunate that this agent kept this crowd away from the Senate. We saw people with guns and people with zippers and they put a gallows in front of the Capitol building where they chanted to hang the Vice President of the United States.
“So whoever is thinking, ‘Well, they really wouldn’t have done much and I think we should give them some sort of a pass.’ Maybe we haven’t seen this in our lifetime, but I think we shouldn’t be wrong on the intention. It was a murderous moment. Five people are dead and we cannot bring them back.
“I hope this is the last layer we needed to rip off, even though the real problem has been perfectly clear for several hundred years. It was about white supremacy and maintaining white supremacy, and I hope we can see that and move forward with justice. I think that’s the only way we can really move forward. I think everything is out in the open, everything is laid bare, so I hope that lawmakers will have the courage to do what needs to be done and all citizens too.
During the question-and-answer session, Rapinoe was asked about the widely circulated photo of a Trump supporter returning from Washington wearing a USWNT sweatshirt.
“I feel like I can probably speak for a lot of my teammates,” Rapinoe said. “This is not the kind of fan that we will welcome. The American coat of arms should not be confused with anything to do with white supremacy, anything to do with the Trump administration, anything to do with this culture of division that we have seen on Capitol Hill.
She continued, “We want to create, and continue to create, an inclusive, safe and diverse place for our fans and players to play in front of and for people to watch on TV and for media to cover.
“So don’t bring that bullshit here.”
The 2019 Ballon d’Or winner said the unplanned hiatus from Covid-19 was a blessing in disguise, leaving her as physically and mentally refreshed as she has felt since starting her international career.