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Megan Rapinoe, who has long considered herself to be the “woke” Colin Kaepernick of the world of women’s soccer, is set to be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Joe Biden.

Rapinoe Given Presidential Medal Of Freedom

KRCTV reported that Rapinoe is one of seventeen individuals who is set to be given this honor on July 7. 

“These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith,” the White House said in a statement.

“They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities – and across the world – while blazing trails for generations to come,” the statement added.

Rapinoe was described by the publication as “an Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion. She also captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is a prominent advocate for gender pay equality, racial justice, and LGBTQI+ rights.”

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Other Recipients 

Daily Mail reported that the following is the full list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Simone Biles 

Sister Simone Campbell 

Julieta Garcia 

Gabrielle Giffords

Fred Gray 

Steve Jobs

Fr. Alexander Karloutsos

Khizr Khan

Sandra Lindsay 

John McCain 

Diane Nash 

Megan Rapinoe

Alan Simpson

Richard Trumka 

Wilma Vought

Denzel Washington

Raúl Yzaguirre 

Rapinoe’s Roe v. Wade Overturn Meltdown

Rapinoe regularly spoke out against Donald Trump during his presidency, infamously saying that she was “not going to the f*****g White House” if her team won the World Cup in 2019. Trump fired back by calling her the “woman with purple hair” who lead a team of “leftist maniacs.”

The news of Rapinoe’s award comes after she blasted the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, which effectively handed the issue of abortion back to the states. 

“I just can’t understate how sad, and how cruel this is. I think the cruelty is the point. Because this is not pro-life by any means,” Rapinoe said, according to Fox News. “This way of thinking, or political belief, is coupled with a complete lack of motivation around gun laws, it comes with pro-death penalty, it comes with anti-healthcare, anti-prenatal care, anti-childcare, anti-pre-K, anti-food assistance, anti-welfare, anti-education, anti-maternity leave, anti-paternity leave.”

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“This is not pro-life,” she added. “And it’s very frustrating and disheartening, and frankly just infuriating to hear that be the reason that people are wanting to end abortion rights, and end this vital aspect of a woman’s — not only healthcare and general basic safety in this country, but her bodily autonomy, and the right to freedom, and the pursuit of happiness and liberty, is being assaulted in this instance. And it’s just incredibly disheartening.”

Rapinoe’s Message To Men

Rapinoe went on to blame men for the Supreme Court’s decision. 

“You are allowing a violent and consistent onslaught on the autonomy of women’s bodies, on women’s rights, on women’s minds, on our hearts, on our souls,” she said when asked what her message to men would be. “We live in a country that forever tries to chip away at what you have enabled, at what you have been privileged enough to feel your entire life.”

Quite frankly, Megan Rapinoe is one of the last people who should be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and we feel sorry for the other recipients that they have to be put in the same category as her. 

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