USWNT Star Megan Rapinoe Calls Riots on the Capitol a ‘Stain on Our Country’

U.S. women's national team star Megan Rapinoe spoke out against the riots that took place at the United States Capitol last Wednesday, calling the actions by those who participated "a huge stain on the country."

Rapinoe, who rejoined the national team for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic this week, addressed the violence that occurred on Capitol Hill while speaking with reporters. The 35-year-old has been a fervent critic of President Donald Trump, who incited his supporters at a rally leading up to the attack that led to the deaths of five people, including police officer Brian D. Sicknick.

"As I think it sets in almost a week out from Jan. 6, which will certainly and rightfully so live on in the echoes of American history forever," Rapinoe said during the media session.

"It's just striking how horrible it was and how insane it was," she continued, "from the climate in the country being such that we have our political leaders, our chief political leader, inciting an actual, real-life, murderous insurrection against his own government, against his own people, against his own party."

Along with the death of Officer Sicknick, three people died from medical emergencies during the incident and one rioter, Ashli Babbitt, was shot by police while inside the building.

The mob of thousands delayed the counting of the Electoral College votes cast in the 2020 presidential election, as lawmakers were forced into hiding when rioters stormed the building.

"To see where we've come in these four years has been devastating and also, hopefully, the final straw for so many people to really understand the reason we are here is because we never actually had a reckoning with what our country really is," Rapinoe said during the press conference. "This is America. Make no mistake about it. I think we showed very much our true colors."

As the attack took place, rioters were photographed climbing the Capitol building's walls, smashing windows, looting and vandalizing. They also removed an American flag off of a flagpole outside of the building and replaced it with a Trump flag.

"Hopefully this the last layer we needed to rip off, although it's been abundantly clear for a number of 100 years what the real issue is: This was about white supremacy and holding up white supremacy," Rapinoe — who is engaged to WNBA star Sue Bird — said.

"Hopefully the lawmakers have the courage to do what needs to be done and everyday citizens will understand we have a part to play," she added. "This is a huge stain on the country but hopefully an opportunity for us to move forward."

Hours after the riots, Congress reconvened to certify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 electoral victory. He will become president on Jan. 20.

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