Opinion: Donald Trump picked the wrong time for a Twitter rift with Megan Rapinoe, USWNT

Since the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s stirring defeat of England Tuesday afternoon, President Trump has tweeted about the Fourth of July, the Federal Reserve board, the Census, the Fourth of July (again), the economy and the military.

He has not said one word about the U.S. World Cup team.

The most prolific tweeter in Oval Office history has gone mute on a topic that should be right up his alley: the overwhelming overseas success of the red, white and blue, especially right before the Fourth of July.

Trump has always told us he loves winning, especially American winning. He craves U.S. dominance on the world stage. With one game to go, that’s exactly what the U.S. World Cup team is providing.

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Trump loves sports. He often tells us how much he loves women. He loves attaching himself to American greatness, even if he had nothing to do with it. He tweets all the time, about everything. And yet, not even one covfefe for the most beloved U.S. national team, men’s or women’s, in any sport?

Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe have the U.S. women's soccer team one win away from another World Cup title. (Photo: Michael Chow, USA TODAY Sports)

What’s going on? Here’s my theory: Trump staked out the wrong position on this terrific team and its wildly popular star, Megan Rapinoe, and now he’s stuck.

A week ago, Trump decided to take on the fearless U.S. co-captain in an interview, then a rambling tweet-storm. Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has called herself a “walking protest” of Trump’s policies. At the World Cup, she has chosen to stand at attention with her hands clasped behind her and not sing the national anthem, and she has said quite graphically that she would turn down an invitation to go to the White House.

Trump could have brushed off those comments, as any other U.S. president would. He did not, instead telling The Hill website, quizzically, that Rapinoe’s ramrod-straight anthem posture was inappropriate. The war of words was on.

While Trump has supporters, Rapinoe does too, including teammate Ali Krieger, who boldly tweeted out that she stands with Rapinoe, telling Trump, “I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you.”

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