US women’s football team lost to Sweden due to “wokeism”
- The US women’s football team lost to Sweden in an Olympic game earlier this week.
- Donald Trump used the loss as an example to explain why revival is bad for America.
- Trump attributes the loss of the team to waking up, and he may be referring to the activism of some players.
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Donald Trump thinks he has an explanation for the disconcerting loss of the American women’s football team to Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
The former president spoke at the “Rally to Protect Our Election” in Phoenix, Ariz. On Saturday and blamed the team’s loss on “waking up.”
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“Waking up makes you lose, ruins your mind and ruins you as a person. You become deformed. You become demented. The US women’s football team is a very good example of what is happening,” Trump said. “Earlier this week they unexpectedly lost to Sweden three to none and the Americans were happy about that.”
Wokeism appears to be Trump’s play on the term awake or awake, which indicates an awareness of racial prejudice and discrimination.
Trump has repeatedly opposed awareness of these issues in the past, especially in sports. He referred to the NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality against the black community as “sons of b —- es” in November 2017. In September 2020, he blamed the declining NBA ratings on Black Lives Matter messaging that was printed on the field and player uniforms.
This time around, Trump appears to be aiming for the political orientation and activism of some players on the Team USA women’s football team.
The team’s 11 starters knelt for 10 seconds before Wednesday’s game to protest racial injustice and inequality.
But the most important figure Trump seems to be talking about is 36-year-old midfielder Megan Rapinoe.
“We have people from Team America, from all over the country, from all walks of life, and people from all over the world for all the other teams,” Rapinoe said, according to the Associated Press. “So I obviously encourage everyone to use this platform to the best of their ability to do as much good as possible in the world, especially as all eyes are on Tokyo for the next few weeks.”
Rapinoe is one of the foremost social activists in American sport. Rapinoe was one of the first athletes to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the national anthem before a NWSL game in September 2016. She is also a spokesperson for many LGBT organizations, including the Gay , Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and even has its own brand of non-sexist clothing.
After the loss to Sweden, Team USA rebounded to defeat New Zealand 6-1 and will try to maintain their momentum against Australia on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Trump encouraged his crowd on Saturday to boo his own women’s football team in their Olympic run in the coming days.