Megan Rapinoe: Capitol siege by Donald Trump’s supporters showed America’s true colours

World Cup-winning United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe mentioned the mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the Capitol final week showed the nation’s true colours.

At least 5 individuals died within the assault after lots of of the president’s followers breached the Capitol whereas Congress labored to certify Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election.

“This was about white supremacy and holding up white supremacy,” Rapinoe informed reporters.

“Hopefully [it’s] the final straw for so many people to really understand the reason we’re here is, because we never have actually had a reckoning with what our country really is.

“I believe we showed very a lot our true colours. This is just not the primary time we have seen a murderous mob like that.”

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Rapinoe, talking on the US girls’s nationwide crew coaching camp in Orlando, mentioned there needed to be accountability and punishment earlier than the therapeutic course of may start.

“All the calls for unity and moving forward cannot come without justice,” she added. “If we don’t punish this and examine this to the fullest extent, it solely encourages extra of this to occur.

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“So anybody thinking, ‘Oh well, they really wouldn’t have done that much and we should give them sort of a pass’. Maybe we haven’t seen this in our lifetimes.

“It was a murderous second. Five individuals are useless… we won’t carry them again.”

The FBI has opened 160 case files in its investigation of the storming of the Capitol, the head of the agency’s Washington field office said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the president said his remarks in a speech to his followers before they attacked the Capitol were “completely applicable”.

Belichick declines Trump’s Medal of Freedom provide

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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots met President Donald Trump on the White House in 2017

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has introduced he is not going to settle for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award”.

In a gently worded, one-paragraph assertion, the six-time Super Bowl-winning coach didn’t say explicitly he had turned down the provide from President Trump, whom he has known as a buddy.

Instead, Belichick defined, “the decision has been made not to move forward with the award” within the wake of final week’s siege on the US Capitol.

A White House official mentioned on Sunday, 4 days after the riots, that Trump could be awarding Belichick the nation’s highest civilian honour – a part of a late flurry of shows that additionally included golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late Babe Zaharias.

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President Donald Trump was offered with a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (L) and New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft (R) again in 2017

Sorenstam and Player accepted their awards in a personal ceremony the day after Trump supporters stormed the US Senate and House of Representatives, whereas Belichick was to be honoured on Thursday.

“I was flattered… out of respect for what the honour represents and admiration for prior recipients,” the coach mentioned in his assertion.

“Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team.”

Although he describes himself as apolitical, Belichick has waded into politics every so often.

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The architect of the Patriots dynasty wrote Trump a letter of assist that the candidate learn aloud the evening earlier than the 2016 election at a rally in New Hampshire, a bastion of the crew’s fandom.

Although Trump mentioned the letter supplied “best wishes for great results” on election day and “the opportunity to make America great again”, Belichick mentioned it was it was merely to assist a buddy.

Belichick additionally wore an Armenian flag pin to the White House in 2015 when the crew celebrated its fourth Super Bowl victory – believed to be an indication of assist for the crew’s director of soccer, Berj Najarian, who’s of Armenian descent.

Last month, Belichick known as on the US authorities to take motion towards Turkey and Azerbaijan for “unprovoked and violent attacks against Armenians”.

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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s loss of life this summer season, Patriots gamers praised Belichick for offering an open discussion board for them to precise their emotions on race and social injustice in America. In his assertion on Monday, Belichick known as that “one of the most rewarding things in my professional career”.

“Through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions,” he mentioned.

“Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”

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