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U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe is definitely not going to the White House (so stop asking her), but she may be going to tour the House of Representatives.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez extended an invitation to Rapinoe on Twitter, Friday night.
“It may not be the White House, but we’d be happy to welcome @mPinoe & the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they’d like,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
This would be the absolute best thing in the world if they all refused @realDonaldTrump's invitation and all went to visit AOC in the House.— Billy Spillwater (@BillySpillwater) June 29, 2019
About an hour after Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Rapinoe accepted the invitation.
“Consider it done,” Rapinoe replied.
The exchange comes after Rapinoe’s comments about refusing to visit the White House, which went viral last week.
When asked if she was excited for a tour of the White House, Rapinoe responded, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.”
She later stood by her comments–minus the expletive–when asked about it again at another press conference.
“I don’t think that I would want to go and I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way, that doesn’t fight for the same things that we fight for,” Rapinoe reiterated.
Megan Rapinoe: "I stand by the comments I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive. My mom will be very upset about that."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 27, 2019
Via Daily Mail pic.twitter.com/RB6cvO5W0C
Even though Ocasio-Cortez received some backlash from those who thought she undermining the president, the majority of people are excited about the idea of the two power women hanging out together.
Let's be honest: at this point, if you hosted them at the International House of Pancakes it would be a greater honor than being anywhere near the White House rn, especially if you lead the charge!— 🏳️🌈 Lil Dicky's Doppelgänger (@TheSpartanLives) June 28, 2019
Brilliant, hope this happens even when you don’t win ( Englishman here and you have to get past us first😂) @AOC you’re a legend already !— Dave the ........ #FBPE #Resist #Remain (@Twitspice) June 29, 2019
After the tour, let’s talk about equal pay— Coby Owens (@CobyJOwens) June 29, 2019
I only saw a part of the game w/France today (last 10 min of first half. It was thrilling. As an American family (albeit from NJ), and the father of a gay daughter, thank you (!) for having the backbone to stand up to TrumpNweenie, and for your hard work on the field. #USWMNT— Mark Haviland (@Mediagenic) June 29, 2019
This is the beginning of America’s golden age omg— Jenny Chen (@jennychen8601) June 29, 2019
The president, who promptly responded to Rapinoe’s original comments about refusing to visit the White House, hasn’t commented on the exchange yet. But many are anticipating a tweetstorm in no time.
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Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque