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People are obsessed with Sue Bird’s defense of girlfriend Megan Rapinoe

'So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend.'


Brooke Sjoberg


Posted on Jul 2, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:25 am CDT

After President Donald Trump ranted about U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s refusal to visit the White House, her girlfriend Sue Bird penned an open letter in her defense.

The letter, which was published through the Players’ Tribune, is aptly titled “So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend.”

In it, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player describes Trump’s rant as him going “full adolescent boy” on Rapinoe. She goes into detail about how it feels to watch someone she loves be the subject of criticism, as well as the success of the Women’s National team in the World Cup.

“Now suddenly you’ve got all these MAGA peeps getting hostile in your mentions,” Bird wrote. “You’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about. And now they’re doing takedowns of Megan on Fox News, and who knows whatever else. It’s like an out-of-body experience, really–that’s how I’d describe it.”

Bird wrote that this experience has shown her just how much strength and determination Rapinoe has, who Bird describes as “unapologetically herself.”

“To me it’s more just like: Megan is at the boss level in the video game of knowing herself,” Bird wrote. “She’s always been confident….. but that doesn’t mean she’s always been immune. She’s as sensitive as anyone—maybe more!! She’s just figured out how to harness that sensitivity.”

Once people had a chance to read it, they tweeted about the letter’s wholesome tone and how wonderful it is to be loved and written about in the way Bird wrote about Rapinoe.

“Okay Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are the first couple of sports,” Franklin Leonard wrote. “Those are the rules. It’s too late to change them. There are no managers to talk to. Decision is made.”


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*First Published: Jul 2, 2019, 4:49 pm CDT