When asked about it, she stood by the comment.
“I don’t think that I would want to go,” Rapinoe said this week, “and I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and doesn’t fight for the same things that we fight for.”
With this in mind, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) extended an invitation of her own on Twitter after Friday’s victory, offering to host Rapinoe and the rest of the national team at the House of Representatives.
“It may not be the White House, but we’d be happy to welcome @mPinoe & the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they’d like,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Rapinoe took her up on it.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) then added to Ocasio-Cortez’s invite.
“.@AOC no doubt the food & the company would be much better. I’ll bring the red velvet cake. @mPinoe your squad in?” Pressley tweeted.
Earlier this week, President Trump said Rapinoe’s decision to not sing along when “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays before each World Cup game was inappropriate. Trump later tweeted that “leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team,” Trump added. “Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!” He then invited the entire team to visit the White House.
Two of Rapinoe’s teammates, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan, have backed up her stance, saying they, too, will not visit the White House.
“In regards to the ‘President’s’ tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well,” Krieger tweeted Wednesday. “I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.”
“I don’t stand for a lot of things the current office stands for,” Morgan told Time magazine in May.