Cooper, noting the likelihood that President Trump would either be watching live or watch the show at a later time, offered Rapinoe the chance to send her message to the president.
Rapinoe painted President Trump’s message as one of exclusion:
“I think that would say that your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color. You’re excluding, you know, Americans that maybe support you.”
“I think that you’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone,” Rapinoe said of Trump’s trademark “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
“It might have been great for a few people, and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world and I think that we have a responsibility, each and every one of us, you have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person and you need to do better for everyone.”
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Cooper noted that the era Trump invokes with his message is one that would have seen both of them imprisoned and persecuted for being gay.
Rapinoe, addressing a common response to those critical of the country, added that, “No one is saying they want to leave America, but I think as one of the great countries in the world and for sure we want to see ourselves as that, we need to constantly look within and challenge ourselves to be better so everyone else can be better around us.”
While a trip to the White House may not be in the cards, the World Cup star suggested that the team would accept invitations to visit Congress from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“This is such a special moment for us,” she added, “And to be able to, you know, sort of leverage this moment and talk about the things we want to talk about and to celebrate like this with the leaders of our country is an incredible moment.”