Published on 07.08.2023
Former US President Donald Trump attacked his country’s women’s team, which was knocked out on penalties by Sweden in the round of 16 of the World Cup. He referred to a “failure of conscious thinking”.
In the race to return to the White House in 2024, Donald Trump said Sunday evening on his TruthSocial website that the defeat was “quite symbolic of what is happening to our once great nation under the rule of corrupt Joe Biden.” “
“Many of our players were openly hostile to the United States. No other selection has behaved like this. It is a failure of conscious thinking”, ironically on the missed goal shot by former Ballon d’Or Megan Rapinoe. Before that, he had guessed. A “Nice shot Megan”.
The 38-year-old winger, world champion in 2015 and 2019 with the United States, played a key role in the fight for equal pay between the US women’s and men’s selections. She is a strong supporter of racial equality, women’s rights and the LGBT+ community.
The US President’s wife, Jill Biden, on her part, immediately congratulated the Americans for their visit. “Today you have inspired us with your courage and determination. We are proud of you,” he wrote on Twitter, nicknamed “X”.
Despite two victories in the last two World Cups, the women’s national team is regularly criticized by the American right, particularly because of its commitment to social justice. Many conservative elected officials were particularly shocked by the fact that in recent years many of the select players had taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial disparities.