“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” said Rapinoe. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”On Monday, Rapinoe scored two goals against Spain to help send the United States to the World Cup quarterfinals, but a quick Twitter search of her name revealed heavy critcism:A player that does not support the USA is not deserving to wear the flag colors on their uniform. Black stain for @USWNT with Rapinoe as captain not singing national anthem. pic.twitter.com/7YSKL2m4LJ— Michael Rizk (@mikerizk) June 24, 2019Rapinoe gets to be the captain but yet she’s the only one not singing the national anthem. Maybe someone who actually loves our country and our team should be captain 🤨 @FOXSoccer @USWNT where’s @CarliLloyd at ????? ⚽️🇺🇸❤️— Julia (@thenjuliasaid) June 24, 2019I don’t like anyone who brings politics into their sports functions. Megan Rapinoe’s demonstration of hatred by taking a knee on the playing field during the National Anthem makes me not care about her at all.— shrop (@shropsmile) June 24, [email protected] it really sucks to see Rapinoe not be proud of our National Anthem, she cannot be the captain of our women’s team with that attitude!#shameshameshame— Alejandro (@fischerm3n) June 24, 2019Rapinoe has disgraced this Country by not honoring our National Anthem. She needs to be sent Home. This isn’t the NFL. This is the World Stage. Her actions and dispicable lanuage require discipline. SEND HER HOME NOW!— Wayne Bell (@Bell2012Wayne) June 15, 2019Great…Rapinoe and the other America haters have another opportunity to kneel for the anthem and draw attention to themselves.— Jimmy Lunsford (@Templar_Patriot) June 24, 2019Rapinoe disrespects the US flag and refuses to sing the National Anthem. I will not watch the #USWNT until she is no longer a member of the squad.— John Andre (@The_John_Andre) June 24, [email protected] I have to admit that I am cheering against the USWMT when Rapinoe is playing. They should bench her or kick her off of the team for her unpatriotic stance when the Nat’l Anthem is played.If she wan’t to protest then do it on her own time, not representing the country.— Steve Cappiello (@SteveCappiello) June 24, 2019Despite the negative tweets, Rapinoe does have a lot of support on social media too:Megan Rapinoe has done more for the country than most of you weirdos that grill her for not singing the national anthem— Ben h (@BenHigie) June 24, [email protected] is a boss and no one can tell me otherwise #clutch pic.twitter.com/v9aDhp0lYq— sky (@skylarchapman11) June 24, 2019Everyone pissed off about Rapinoe not singing the national anthem have obviously never watched ANY other soccer team during their anthems. Have you ever seen the silent death stare that Clint Dempsey has during the anthem? Calm down and be happy that these woman are proudly— Austin Davis (@ATDavis94) June 20, 2019All y’all ragging on #Rapinoe not singing the Anthem: I saw a certain US President’s lips not moving during the D-Day ceremony two weeks ago. Consider it even. GTFOH #USMNT #GoUSA— Robin J Richards (@RobinJRichards) June 20, 2019 Megan Rapinoe is anti-American. Get out of this country you’re not wanted. You are a disgraceful, disrespectful human being. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— LilStreak (@HerronDenise) June 12, 2019Rapinoe, who has not taken part in the national anthem since 2016, stands in silence as other members of the women’s national team place their hands over their hearts and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”MORE: Megan Rapinoe continues national anthem protest, kneels before USWNT matchInspired by Colin Kaepernick’s protest to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality, Rapinoe was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event in 2016. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e7/83/rapinoe-ftrjpg_12cr5nrcb2bxb12g50k51vf06t.jpg?t=-1965036973&w=500&quality=80 Megan Rapinoe has received backlash on social media for not singing the national anthem during the 2019 Women’s World Cup. So that Megan Rapinoe lady wants to pull a Colin Kaepernik? That’s it for Team USA in the World Cup for me. No time for that BS. #TeamUSA #MeganRapinoe— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) June 13, 2019“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” the 33-year-old U.S. soccer star told Yahoo Sports. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” “Colin Kaepernick very much inspired me, and inspired an entire nation, and still does, to actually think about these things,” she said to Yahoo Sports. “The way he spoke about them so clearly, so matter-of-fact, wasn’t trying to convince anyone. Just, ‘This is what is happening, this is what I’m willing to do about it.’ I found that extremely inspiring and convicting. Like, how can you not support?”Several months after Rapinoe knelt for the first time, the United States Soccer Federation adopted a policy requiring players to stand during the playing of the anthem.Rapinoe responded with a statement saying she would “respect the new bylaw,” but felt like it was a missed opportunity for compromise and understanding. “I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone.”Rapinoe considers herself a “walking protest” to President Donald Trump’s policies.