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Megan Rapinoe condemns US Capitol rioters as 'White supremacy mob'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has denounced last week's riots in the US Capitol as "a huge stain on the country."

(CNN)Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has denounced last week's riots in the US Capitol as "a huge stain on the country. "

Rapinoe, who has returned to US Women's National Team (USWNT) duty for the first time in nearly a year, spoke to reporters at length about the insurrection on January 6 that saw a pro-Trump mob force its way into the Capitol.

In the wake of the deadly riots, criminal defendants have been rounded up across the country, with some accused of bringing weapons and bombs to Capitol Hill.

"This is America, make no mistake about it," Rapinoe, a two-time World Cup winner who has made 168 appearances for the USWNT, said on Tuesday.

"Unleashing a White supremacy mob is nothing new to America as people of color, Black and Brown, know that very well. "

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump insisted his speech inciting the riot at the US Capitol was "totally appropriate" while at the same time calling for "no violence" in his first public remarks to reporters after the insurrection last week.

The 35-year-old was among the first White professional athletes to kneel in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and labeled herself a "walking protest" ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup. READ: 'They're not f**king protesters, they're f**king terrorists,' says NBA star Draymond Green on US Capitol insurrection

Asked on Tuesday about a photo of an individual wearing a Trump mask and the USWNT crest, Rapinoe said: "I feel like I can probably speak on behalf of a lot of my teammates -- that is not the kind of fan that we would welcome.

"The US crest is not to be confused with anything that has to do with White supremacy, anything that has to do with the Trump administration, anything that has to do with that divisive culture that we saw on the Capitol.

"Don't take any comfort in thinking that the crest is synonymous with that or the red, white and blue or the stars that we have above it.

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