Another LGBTI player on the US Women’s Soccer team is criticizing Donald Trump and refusing to go to the White House.
Ali Krieger is a defender who plays for the national team and the Orlando Pride. She’s currently in France for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The US is playing the Netherlands on Sunday (7 July) in the final.
While speaking to CNN, Krieger stated unequivocally about Trump: ‘I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect.’
Krieger is not the first player on the team to express such thoughts.
Megan Rapinoe, another out player, made headlines when she said she wasn’t going to the ‘fucking White House’.
This prompted Trump to angrily tweet about her comments and say he would invite the women’s team to the White House, regardless of whether they win or lose.
Krieger tweeted about the incident, standing by Rapinoe and also refusing to accept an invitation if there is one.
In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.
— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) June 26, 2019
In her interview with CNN, Krieger explained she hadn’t been thinking much of Trump since she made that tweet and is instead focused on the final. She did add, however, that former President Barack Obama tweeted about the team and she did like that tweet.
Krieger then made her comment about respecting, continuing: ‘Staying silent can side with the oppressor and I didn’t want her [Rapinoe] to feel like she was processing this all alone. So many of us do have those similar feelings.
‘I feel like we’re able to focus – as woman, it’s funny, imagine that, we’re able to multitask — on two things at once. It doesn’t take a lot of mindspace to tweet something out that’s important and then turn it off and refocus on the job.
‘But I refuse to sit back and let an abuser, a bully, talk like that to my friend.’
Krieger finished the interview stating she’d rather accept Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) invitiation to go to the House of Representatives than the White House.
Who is Ali Krieger?
Krieger has played in two World Cups. In 2015, she was part of the US’ defense that kept opposing teams scoreless for a record 540 minutes.
At the 2011 World Cup, she played every minute of the team’s six matches.
She was not named to the 2012 Olympic team after suffering a knee surgery, but recovered and became the oldest first-time US Olympian for women’s soccer at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
She’s currently engaged to fellow national team player Ashlyn Harris and they plan to marry after this year’s tournament.