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Donald Trump critical about USA's FIFA Women's World Cup elimination

US women's national team suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Sweden in the second round of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

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Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Less than 24 hours after the US women's national team suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of their longtime nemesis Sweden in the second round of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, Donald Trump gloated about the team's elimination on social media.

The former president, a longtime vocal critic of the team, specifically Megan Rapinoe, a blue-haired talisman and outspoken LGBTQ+ advocate who missed a crucial penalty during the final moments of the game, said that the team's loss is "fully emblematic of what is happening to our great Nation under Crooked Joe Biden".

"Many of our players were openly hostile to America — no other country behaved in such a manner, or even close," Trump wrote on Truth Social. "WOKE EQUALS FAILURE. Nice shot, Megan, the U.S. is going to Hell!!! MAGA."

The conservative backlash against the USWNT encapsulates a recurring pattern in American society – one where sports serves as an arena for the theater of culture wars. This spectacle, carefully curated and exploited by political figures like Trump, has magnified existing fault lines and kindled debates surrounding core values.

Trump's open hatred for the USWNT dates back to 2019, when Rapinoe, a lesbian and then co-captain of the team, declared that she would not be visiting the White House if they won that year's World Cup in France. Many of the team's star players supported Rapinoe, who was branded "unpatriotic" by Trump and his supporters. The USWNT went on to win the 2019 World Cup, their fourth overall title, and never ended up making it to the White House.

At the time, Rapinoe represented everything that Trump seemed to detest; she was an outspoken woman with unapologetic political views that included her staunch support for LGBTQ+ and trans rights, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. She was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kapernick, and she was one of the leading figures in the USWNT's equal pay struggle. In short, she represented a set of ideals that directly contradicted the former president's sensibilities.

Nevertheless, Rapinoe, who scored a penalty to help seal the USWNT's 2019 world cup victory, was one of several players who missed a penalty during Sunday's dramatic shoot-out with Sweden. Naturally, Trump did not miss the opportunity to reignite his feud with the two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

The former president's reaction mirrored that of other conservatives, many of whom openly relished the USWNT's misfortunes. Notable conservatives such as Charlie Kirk and Clay Travis mocked Rapinoe on X, formerly known as Twitter. Others labeled the team "un-American" and "ungrateful".

"I'm glad they lost," wrote a contributor for the Blaze, an American conservative media company. "The attitude of the USWNT reflect such poor values it's sickening."

The USWNT, which has stood as a symbol of female empowerment, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights and a steadfast commitment to social and racial justice, seems diametrically opposed to certain conservative values, making them an ideal target for political maneuvering.

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