Donald Trump chastised the U.S. Women’s Soccer Squad on Aug. 5. The former president blamed the team’s “woke” politics for only winning bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of leftist maniacs, was not woke they would have won the gold medal instead of the bronze,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter.
Trump broadly expressed displeasure with the women’s soccer team players kneeling during the national anthem. He could only praise a few “patriots” who stood for the Star-Spangled Banner.
“They should replace the ‘wokesters’ with patriots and start winning again,” he said.
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Breitbart revealed Trump singled out U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe, because she has a lengthy history of criticizing the United States.
“The woman with the purple hair played terribly, and spends too much time thinking about radical left politics–and not doing her job!” he said in the statement.
The previous president also slammed the team in July when they lost 3-0 to Sweden in the opening round on July 21. He claimed the disappointing result was once again due to “woke politics.”
Before the match, the women’s team took a knee to protest racism.
“Woke politics takes the life and joy out of everything,” Trump said according to the New York Post. “Woke-ism makes you lose, ruins your mind and ruins you as a person. You become warped, you become demented.”
Rapinoe and her teammates previously kneeled during the national anthem in 2016 to show support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Following George Floyd’s 2020 death-in-custody, some soccer players also kneeled before competing.
Rapinoe said athletes should use their influence to protest prejudice against people belonging to another race.
“We have people from Team USA, from all over the country, from all backgrounds, and people literally from all over the world for every other team,” she said according to the Associated Press. “I obviously encourage everyone to use that platform to the best of their ability, to do the most good that they possibly can in the world–especially as all eyes are on Tokyo these next couple weeks.”