"Your message is excluding people"

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper with the World Cup trophy next to her, Rapinoe, who has transcended her role as a star athlete to become an outspoken advocate for gender equality and equal pay, made clear she will continue to take on Trump, who she has frequently criticized in past weeks.

“Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you,” Rapinoe said into the camera when asked by Cooper what she would say to Trump.

The back-to-back World Cup champion added to Cooper that “we need to have a reckoning” with the implications of Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan, because “you’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone — it might have been great for a few people, and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world,” she said, still directing her message to the President.