Ali Krieger stood up for her friend and fellow Trump trash talker Megan Rapinoe: “I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect.”
“I feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings,” Krieger said.
“I wanted to make sure that as one of her close friends, she didn’t feel that and I feel like we’re able to focus — as women it’s funny, imagine that, we can multitask — on two things at once,” she continued.
“I refuse to just sit back and watch an abuser, a bully talk like that to my friend and I support her as a friend and I wanted to make sure that I said something that meant something to me and was important to me and that’s why I did what I did,” Krieger added.
Enter Ann Coulter. From Newsweek:
As controversy lingers over the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and if they will accept or decline an invitation to the White House, another political pundit has weighed in.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter used Twitter to add her thoughts on the situation Saturday, retweeting a CNN interview with Team USA’s Ali Krieger where the defender spoke about her feelings regarding President Donald Trump and comments made both by the president and her teammate Megan Rapinoe about the team visiting the White House.
“I think that — it doesn’t take a lot of mind space to go ahead and tweet something out that is very important,” Kreiger added, referring to a June 29 tweet she made in response to Trump where she said she would not attend if the team were invited to the White House. “And then just refocus. Turn it off and refocus on the job, you know, and what we are doing here is to win.”
In response, Coulter tweeted: “We’d rather hear from the team of under-15-year-old boys who beat them.”
Coulter’s comment is in reference in a 2017 scrimmage with the FC Dallas Under-15 boys team, who defeated Team USA 5-2 in a practice session while the women were preparing to play two friendly matches with Russia.
At the time, the team drew ridicule for allowing a team of teenagers to defeat them, despite both squads posing for photos after the scrimmage. The purpose of the match was for Team USA to work on chemistry, defensive positioning and conditioning ahead of their games with Russia.
We'd rather hear from the team of under-15-year-old boys who beat them. https://t.co/rMoUmnxy0z
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 6, 2019