The U. S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) lost to Canada on Monday in the semifinal match of the Tokyo Olympics, knocking the U.S. team out of contention for a gold or silver medal and setting off a wave of mockery online.
Members of the USWNT have sparked controversy and anger among American fans by refusing to stand for the anthem. Earlier in the Olympics, the entire USWNT knelt for the anthem before losing to Sweden.
“Happiest people on planet Earth today? I’m guessing not the shareholders of Victoria’s Secret, where Megan Rapinoe will now have tons of free time to rep the brand!” conservative author Ann Coulter tweeted.
“I’ll say this again – I think people who aren’t proud of this country shouldn’t be barred from representing it internationally. They just shouldn’t expect their country to root for them,” he added.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, said that the USWNT loss was predictable and likely due to the focus its players put on “political wokeness” rather than playing the game.
“The US women’s Olympic soccer team lost to Canada for the 1st time in 20 yrs, & I think a lot of people saw it coming. It seems they’ve lost their focus & instead became more focused on political wokeness & using the Olympic stage to promote their agendas,” Graham said.
Radio host Clay Travis made a similar point and added that many Americans were gladdened, or at least unbothered, by the loss because of the amount of “woke” messaging the team has pushed.
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