Megan Rapinoe's Girlfriend Blasts Trump Over Criticism: "There’s Nothing Better Demanding Your Attention?"
"You’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about ... It’s like an out-of-body experience," WNBA star Sue Bird wrote in a column posted in The Players' Tribune.
WNBA star Sue Bird, the girlfriend of co-captain of the U.S. women's soccer Megan Rapinoe, criticized President Donald Trump in a blog post published Tuesday for attacking Rapinoe after admitting that she would not visit the White House should the U.S. women's soccer team win the World Cup.
After Rapinoe stated that she is "not going to the f—ing White House" during an interview last week, Trump responded on Twitter, advising the soccer player to "finish the job" instead of talking. "I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!" Trump tweeted. "Finish the job!" He also added that she "should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag" and to "be proud of the flag that you wear." Trump also said he would invite the soccer team to the White House whether they win or lose.
Angry over the outburst, Rapinoe's girlfriend penned a Players' Tribune column titled "So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend," in which she describes Trump's comments as "weird" and admitted that "some of it scares the s— out of me" and made her "freak out a little."
"I mean, some of it is kind of funny….. but like in a REALLY? REALLY? THIS GUY??? kind of way," she wrote. "Like, dude — there’s nothing better demanding your attention?? It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross. (And if his legislations and policies weren’t ruining the lives of so many innocent people.)"
Bird explained that Trump's tweet isn't the only thing that's bothersome but rather the "MAGA peeps getting hostile." "You’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about. And now they’re doing takedowns of Megan on Fox News, and who knows whatever else. It’s like an out-of-body experience, really — that’s how I’d describe it. That’s how it was for me," she wrote.
Bird then commended her girlfriend for being "unfazed" by the Trump scrutiny. "You just cannot shake that girl. 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."
She added: "It’s not an act with her. It’s not a deflection. To me it’s more just like: Megan is at the boss level in the video game of knowing herself."
However, Bird notes that her girlfriend is "just as sensitive as anyone" but has simply learned how to "harness that sensitivity" including shrugging off the "rude man on Twitter."
"All the threats, all the criticism, all the fallout — coming out on the other side of that is what makes her seem so unfazed by the assholes of the world now."
Ultimately, Bird says, the politics and the controversy shouldn't take away from the athletic achievements of Rapinoe and the whole U.S. women's soccer team. "I just think it’s also really important not to forget what this is actually, first and foremost, about, you know? 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 f*cking killing it."
Bird and Rapinoe first started dating in September 2016, later becoming the first same-sex couple to be featured in ESPN‘s body issue. On Tuesday, Rapinoe and the U.S. team defeated England 2-1 to advance to Women's World Cup final.