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Trump blasts women’s soccer team as ‘woke’ after they don’t win gold

Former President Donald Trump is slamming the “woke” US women’s soccer team for failing to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, adding, “everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has.”

“If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of Leftist Maniacs, wasn’t woke, they would have won the Gold Medal instead of the Bronze. Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has,” Trump said Thursday in an emailed statement.

“There were, however, a few Patriots standing. Unfortunately, they need more than that respecting our Country and National Anthem. They should replace the wokesters with Patriots and start winning again,” Trump added.

He also singled out Megan Rapinoe, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former president and has taken on social justice initiatives and advocacy.​

United States' team poses for a group photo prior to a women's semifinal soccer match against Canada at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Kashima, Japan.
The USA women’s team beat Australia to take home the Bronze medal.
AP

“​The woman with the purple hair played terribly and spends too much time thinking about Radical Left politics and not doing her job!​,” he said. ​

Trump aired his displeasure with the No. 1 ranked US Women’s National Soccer team, which was heavily favored to win a gold medal, after it defeated Australia 4-3 for the bronze medal.

He also took a shot at the team last month after they lost to Sweden 3-0 in the opening contest, saying the loss was an example of “woke politics.”


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“Woke politics takes the life and joy out of everything. Woke-ism makes you lose, ruins your mind and ruins you as a person. You become warped. You become demented,” ​Trump said during the speech to the Turning Point Action political action committee in Phoenix.​

The women’s team took a knee along with Sweden’s squad before their July 21 match in Tokyo to protest racism. ​

But the players stood during the playing of the national anthem. ​

Christen Press of the United States shoots on goal during the Women's Football Group G match between Sweden and the United States.
Former President Donald Trump also took a shot at the team last month after they lost to Sweden 3-0 in the opening contest.
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Rapinoe and some members of the team began taking a knee during the anthem in 2016 in solidarity with former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

Some members of the soccer squad also kneeled before national games after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in May 2020.

In an interview with the Associated Press after the loss to Sweden, Rapinoe said athletes should use their platforms to make their voices heard. ​

United States' team poses for a picture after winning 4-3 against Australia
In his criticism, Donald Trump referred to Megan Rapinoe as “the woman with the purple hair.”
Kiichiro Sato/AP

“We have people from Team USA, from all over the country, from all backgrounds, and people literally from all over the world for every other team so I obviously encourage everyone to use that platform to the best of their ability to do the most good that they possibly can in the world, especially as all eyes are on Tokyo these next couple weeks​,” she said

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