After winning gold in the 2019 women’s soccer world cup, U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe has her sights set on a new goal: helping elect a Democrat to the White House in 2020.
“I think the most important thing is to get that maniac out of the White House,” Rapinoe told the news service Monday at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year awards, where she was honored with the prize for both her efforts on the pitch as well as her role in leading the team in its lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay.
Rapinoe famously made headlines over the summer when she said she’s “not going to the f—ing White House” to celebrate if the team were to win the World Cup. Trump hit back after the video went viral, tweeting that “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the Job!”
Rapinoe on Monday reportedly bestowed several compliments to Democratic candidates in the 2020 field, describing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “smart and sharp” while praising the “radical” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). She also called Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) “charismatic.”
“Get me on the bus, get me on one of those planes,” Rapinoe said, according to Reuters. “I want to rile people up! Something about me is motivating people to do something, or people are interested.”
She added that she is ready to knock on doors “to get people to vote.”
Rapinoe has already had a busy and historically successful year, winning the Golden Boot for earning the most goals in the Women’s World Cup. And in September she was named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player in the World.
Rapinoe is only the fourth solo woman to win Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award in the publication’s 66 years of bestowing the honor.
She also called for greater racial and gender diversity at the publication during her acceptance speech for the award and criticized the lack of female Sportsperson of the Year honorees.
“Sports Illustrated needs to look at itself and think, ‘what kind of story are we telling our subscribers and are we telling the country about sports in America?’” Rapinoe told Reuters. “As a sports news organization, what news are you reporting? There seems to be a heavy bias on the guys.”
Rapinoe and tennis star Serena Williams are the only two female athletes honored independently with a Sportsperson of the Year prize in the last 20 years.