'Hopefully only four years': U.S. women react to Trump's election
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Disappointment on varying levels was the prevailing sentiment from prominent United States women’s national team voices in reaction to the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Trump, the Republican party nominee, defeated Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night’s election, bringing an end to one of the most controversial presidential elections in history.
“Last night was pretty hard,” head coach Jill Ellis, after a long pause, said when asked about Tuesday’s election before her team’s Wednesday night training session. Ellis would decline further comment, saying her post “is not a political platform.”
To know that 50,000,000 people in this country felt that it was okay to elect that kind of person, with the things that he said and the way that he treated people throughout the whole election, is upsetting."
U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was more willing to explain her reaction.
“It’s upsetting, obviously,” Rapinoe said. “To know that 50,000,000 people in this country felt that it was okay to elect that kind of person, with the things that he said and the way that he treated people throughout the whole election, is upsetting.”
Rapinoe became the center of controversy this summer when she joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Rapinoe’s actions originated during National Women’s Soccer League’s games, prompting one team owner to rearrange prematch ceremonies to deny her protest, and it later carried over into women’s national team friendly matches in September.
Alex Morgan, also speaking before Wednesday’s practice, likewise expressed disappointment, saying, “I thought Hillary was going to win.
“I know that so many of my friends and family and people that I look up to [were] in support of Hillary. But at the same time, we have to accept what most of the nation has voted for, and that’s to elect Donald Trump.”
As of Wednesday night, the Associated Press had projected 279 electoral votes for Donald Trump, with 270 needed to secure the presidency. The AP has projected Clinton to receive 59,814,018 individual votes, with Trump receiving 58,611,678.
Rapinoe went on to say, “I’ll always have hope,” before striking another note of disappointment.
“Hopefully [Trump’s presidency is] only four years. We have to fight against that. Everybody needs to look themselves in the mirror and figure out why this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Morgan concluded her thoughts by saying, “I’m trying to go into [Trump’s presidency] with an open mind, but at the same time, I was very optimistic that we were going to have our first female president of this country.”
The U.S. men's team is preparing for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico, and Trump was the topic of conversation before the start of training on Wednesday in Columbus. While Tim Howard said he isn't into politics, U.S. men's national team captain Michael Bradley was measured in addressing the topic.
“My general feeling is that we as Americans, we trust our system, we respect our democracy. Regardless of your beliefs, regardless of how you voted, we have an obligation to come together and get behind our new president and to have faith and trust that he will do what’s best for the entire country.
“In moments like this it is easy to question things. But this is what makes our country great, that we have a system where every American can go and vote. The results may not be what every person wanted. Some are happy, others aren’t, but the way forward is to come together, give our president support, rally behind him. He will continue what I believe every president has done — make decisions for the good of the country.”
Richard Farley is the West Coast Editor of FourFourTwo USA. Follow him on Twitter @richardfarley.