Trump supporters’ Capitol attack on white supremacy
Megan Rapinoe is back on the U.S. women’s team for the first time since the pandemic last March – and for the first time since a violent crowd of President Trump supporters stormed the Washington, DC Capitol while lawmakers voted President Joe confirmed Biden’s victory, which killed five people.
No wonder, then, that when Rapinoe, an outspoken critic of Trump, was made available to the national media in a Zoom appeal on Tuesday, reporters wanted her to take up the riots. Rapinoe committed.
“Since I think it’s starting almost a week after January 6, which will surely and rightly live on forever in the echoes of American history, it’s just noteworthy how awful it was and how crazy it was,” replied she the first question she received.
“A white mob of supremacists is nothing new for America, as the black and brown people of color know very well. Obviously, all demands for unity cannot come without justice. If we do not punish this and investigate it in full, it will only encourage more of it to happen. “
Rapinoe noted that the deadly rampage could have been worse if the insurgents faced elected officials forced to take refuge in offices. On videos of the incident, rioters were heard shouting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence.
“We shouldn’t underestimate what could have happened. I think we are very lucky that this officer led them away from the Senate Hall, ”Rapinoe said, referring to the actions of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who has been credited with saving lives. “I mean, we saw people with guns and people with zip ties. They set up a gallows outside where they sang to hang the Vice President of the United States.
“We shouldn’t make a mistake about what the intent was,” she added. “And it was a grueling moment. I mean five people are dead and we can’t bring them back. This week will certainly have an enormous consequence in the history of our country. From a personal point of view only, it’s very disturbing and scary. “
Rapinoe then called out Republican lawmakers, who, despite fears they and their Democratic counterparts had been exposed just hours earlier, were still protesting Biden’s victory, which Trump for no reason dismissed as fraudulent despite his own Justice Department and Republican election officials nearby were country has named it the safest and most tested choice in US history.
“The utter bottomlessness of some of these lawmakers to continue inciting violence and still calling for the elections to be repealed when the mandates are given by the United States and the people of the United States is just utterly insane and should be held accountable,” She said.
“Hopefully this will be the last layer we had to tear down, although it has been clear for a few hundred years what the real problem is. This was about white supremacy and maintaining white supremacy, and I hope we see this and be able to move forward with justice. I think this is the only way we can actually move forward. I think it’s all open, it’s all naked and hopefully lawmakers have the courage to do what needs to be done and so do the Citizens every day. “
Before their virtual media availability ended, Rapinoe also answered a question about Trump supporter returning from Washington wearing a USWNT sweatshirtwhose photo was widely shared on social media by women soccer fans.
“I have a feeling that I can probably speak for a lot of my team-mates,” said Rapinoe. “That’s not the type of fan we’re going to welcome. The US coat of arms is not to be confused with anything to do with white supremacy, anything to do with the Trump administration, anything to do with that culture of division that we saw at the Capitol .
“I saw the picture,” she added. “We want to and continue to create a place that is inclusive and safe and diverse so that our fans and our players can play in front of and for the people who watch on TV and the media cover it.
“So don’t bring the cops here.”
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