U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she thinks her father voted for President Trump in 2016 — a political choice that provides a stark contrast in her family, as the World Cup-winning forward is nearly as well known for launching broadsides at the Trump administration as she is for launching soccer balls into the back of the net.
Rapinoe, 34, said in an interview published Saturday that she questions how her parents can support her and still watch Fox News (which heavily covered the leadup to the World Cup, the tournament itself and the aftermath).
"I’m very similar to how they are, even though 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?’" she told the Guardian. "That’s why I’m like, ‘You guys need to go to therapy.’”
"It’s not like, ‘Ugh, I’m from a conservative town and I never talk to them anymore.’ I talk to my parents all the time, every day," she said. "And I feel like I have seen progress and growth. I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and be O.K. with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn’t happen that quickly.”