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Pro soccer player Megan Rapinoe says she's a 'walking protest' of President Trump

Rapinoe said she believes the U.S. she loves is riddled with inequality and injustice, and that's why she likely won't belt out the national anthem again.
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United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates her goal with Samantha Mewis (3) and Crystal Dunn (19) in the first half against China PR during an international friendly women's soccer match at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Megan Rapinoe called herself a "walking protest" of President Donald Trump's administration.

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, the professional soccer player also said she likely won't ever sing the national anthem again or "put my hand over my heart."

Rapinoe, 33, who plays for the U.S. women's national soccer team, became the first white woman athlete to take a knee during the national anthem of a game, following pro football player Colin Kaepernick's example in 2016.

Rapinoe also came out as gay in 2012, the Washington Post reported.

The Post said Rapinoe isn't letting her frustrations with Trump and the U.S. Soccer Federation "deter her from putting on a jersey representing her country." 

However, she called herself "a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration" because of "everything I stand for."

She said the soccer federation suppressed her protest and that she is currently suing. She also calls Trump "sexist," "misogynistic," "small-minded," "racist" and "not a good person."

Yahoo! Sports said she'll head onto French fields over the summer for the FIFA Women's World Cup and "face the flag of a country she still loves deeply." But, she said she recognizes and protests "just how riddled with inequality and injustice that country is."

The Post said Rapinoe used to belt out the national anthem on the sideline while the song was being played before games. She said she'll probably never do that again.

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