Sue Bird lashes back at Trump’s bashing of girlfriend Megan Rapinoe
WASHINGTON — Megan Rapinoe’s girlfriend, basketball star Sue Bird, published a Women’s World Cup article/political rant/love letter defending Rapinoe and the U.S. Women’s National Team against President Trump’s recent criticisms — and it is a wild ride from start to finish.
In the Players’ Tribune article, the Seattle Storm star goes in on President Trump for his Twitter rant about Rapinoe, who has been outspoken about not wanting to visit the White House if the Americans win the Women’s World Cup.
“I mean, some of it is kind of funny….. but like in a REALLY? REALLY? THIS GUY??? kind of way,” Bird writes. “It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross.”
She says that, while she was inclined to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, the online hate she and Rapinoe have gotten from strangers has been unsettling.
Bird won three WNBA titles (2004, 2010, 2018) and four Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
In between president-focused clapbacks, Bird’s article is just 2,900 words of pure, uncut Megan Rapinoe love. Bird says the Trump tweets and online harassment barely get to her at all.
“You just cannot shake that girl,” she writes. “She’s going to do her thing, at her own damn speed, to her own damn rhythm, and she’s going to apologize to exactly NO ONE for it.”
Ultimately, Bird says, the politics and the controversy shouldn’t take away from the athletic achievements of Rapinoe and the USWNT.
Rapinoe has been critical to the USWNT’s success in the tournament. She scored every single U.S. goal in first two rounds of knockout play, notching two goals against Spain and France for a pair of 2-1 victories.
“I just think it’s also really important not to forget what this is actually, first and foremost, about, you know?” she writes. “It’s about a world-class athlete, operating at the absolute peak of her powers, on the absolute biggest stage that there is.
“It’s about an athlete (expletive) killing it. It’s about Megan coming through.”
Bird isn’t the only one stepping up to defend Rapinoe.
The soccer star’s father, Jim Rapinoe, said even though he identifies as a conservative, he is proud of his daughter’s political inclination.
“Megan and I don’t see some things the same way,” Jim Rapinoe said. “But I applaud her for taking a stance, for fighting for equality. And she will not back down from anyone when it comes to something she believes in.
“I never thought my daughter would end up in a Twitter way with President Trump.”AlertMe