Megan Rapinoe Thinks Her Dad Voted for Trump and Needs To 'Go to Therapy'


Megan Rapinoe, the extremely controversial U.S. women’s soccer player, continues her quest to eliminate half of her fans by kneeling during the national anthem and regularly spouting her politics — her very, very anti-Trump politics.

Sitting down with The Guardian’s Emma Brockes in Los Angeles, Rapinoe opined on a number of topics — perpetual partying after the World Cup win, being gay, declaring “I deserve this” as she kissed the trophy, and, of course, her inescapable Trump hatred.

Though much of it was predictable, the interview wasn’t horrible. One of the less predictable moments of the interview involved the topic of Rapinoe’s family.

Rapinoe hails from Redding, California, a fairly conservative area. Her dad runs a construction business, while her mom works as a waitress.

Rapinoe said politics never really came up at home.

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Lately, however, politics has begun to rear its head in the Rapinoe home, much to her frustration.

“Both of my parents should be really progressive — especially my mom — and I don’t get that they’re not,” Rapinoe said.

“I’m always saying: ‘You guys should really be Democrats!’ But they’re not, so what’s happening?”

Referring to “major blow-ups” and “some dust-ups,” Rapinoe says she’s baffled by her parents — especially her father’s — refusal to compromise on politics.

“I think my dad voted for Trump and I’ll say: ‘I don’t get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter?’”

Rapinoe said her parents’ behavior is so incongruent, it’s resulted in her thinking, “You guys need to go to therapy.”

What Rapinoe is clearly missing, however, is that it’s possible for parents to love their child and not agree with everything that child believes or does.

If anything, the situation Rapinoe’s describing should make her slow down and consider more carefully why exactly her parents are willing to listen to those who condemn her attitude and political actions.

After all, if you know your parents love you (and Rapinoe obviously does), and you also know they find value in something that exposes your flaws, maybe it’s time to examine (or re-examine) yourself.

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Maybe they’re on to something that you can’t see because of inexperience or won’t see because of pride.

Maybe instead of sending others to therapy, she should engage in a little therapy herself, asking if the people on Fox (and in her parent’s home) see something she doesn’t.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor for assignment at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where later in his career he served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal.

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