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Megan Rapinoe Calls Donald Trump A 'White Nationalist'

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By Clark Sparky

Megan Rapinoe has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump in the past, and this week she is once again speaking out against the president amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The co-captain of the United States women's national soccer team talked to Vice TV's Anand Giridharadas, and the network released a clip of the interview on Tuesday during which Rapinoe calls Trump a "white nationalist."

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"We know that mass incarceration is bad for society and ends up costing us more money in the long run, the war on drugs, whatever it may be," Rapinoe said. "I think that that has proven to be really detrimental. Now, obviously, we have a white nationalist — I think — in the White House and the spewing of hate and the 'othering' of the rest of the country has only led to more rift between people and more despair and more anxiety and more fear going forward."

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Rapinoe was asked about potentially running for office someday, and she seemed open to the idea but would realize the importance of delegating.

"I want the biggest, baddest post," she said. "That way, I can be the president, but then I get to pick everyone else who’s way smarter and way more qualified and way better at everything to actually do the thing. I'm not here being like 'I'm the smartest, I should be the president.' I’m actually like 'I'm wholly unqualified for probably any position in government,' but I've got that little bit of humility where I can be like 'You're smarter, you do this, you do this, you do this.'"

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Following the women's team's World Cup victory last year, Rapinoe and many teammates said they would not visit the White House if invited (spoiler: they weren't), and she had a message for Trump at the time.

"We have to be better. We have to love more and talk less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is every person’s responsibility," she said. "Yes we play sports. Yes we play soccer. Yes we're female athletes, but we’re so much more than that. You’re so much more than that. How do you make your community better?"

It's been another eventful week for Trump, who on Monday admitted he's been taken the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19.;

"I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here," Trump said. "You'd be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers, many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it."

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