Despite the fact that the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup ended on Sunday, the liberal media’s infatuation with not so much the U.S. Women’s National Team’s play on the pitch but their wokeness off it has continued. On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace swooned that team captain Megan Rapinoe was an “icon” and “real-life superhero” who’s “chicken soup for your soul” with a future in liberal politics.
Wallace twice teased a segment of adoration for Rapinoe with the first being Obama-like in its unambiguous hero worship: “And holding out for a hero. We sure need one. Enter U.S. Soccer star and natural-born leader Megan Rapinoe. She's chicken soup. for your soul, so you won't want to miss this.”
The second tease wasn’t any better as Wallace dubbed her “a real-life superhero, an icon in her own time standing up for equal pay, speaking to our better angels and calling out Donald Trump.”
Give me a break. What great reminders that TDS was real and idolatry was a sin!
The actual segment began with a clip of Rapinoe at the New York City parade hours later ironically imploring people to “love more, hate less” but also “listen more and talk less” before Wallace gushed that it was “a powerful call to action” by “the team's unquestioned leader” whose “legacy will be the way she stood up for social change when the light shined the brightest.”
Rapinoe also said during the parade that she “deserve[s] this,” so there’s that when trying to pinpoint the size of her ego.
Axios’s Jonathan Swan observed (as many have on both sides of the aisle) that one “could see her with a political future, right” and was promptly followed by Wallace proclaiming that “[y]ou can see her at the Democratic convention” with Palmieri suggesting she could be the “keynote speaker.”
Never Trumper and MSNBC liberal pleaser Charlie Sykes also chimed in, tut-tutting that “MAGA world does not want to pick a fight with this woman” and gushed that she had stated before the tournament that she wouldn’t visit the WhIte House (even though the team hadn’t won it yet).
Sykes added: “I mean, she just stands there and she strokes the ball in and I mean, that's something — I mean, she's a remarkable woman and she's probably the coolest woman in America right now.”
“Megan Rapinoe, you make us believe. God bless you and all your teammates, congratulations,” Wallace concluded.
To see the relevant transcript from MSNBC’s Deadline: White House on July 10, click “expand.”
MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
July 10, 2019
4:23 p.m. Eastern [TEASE]
NICOLLE WALLACE: And holding out for a hero. We sure need one. Enter U.S. Soccer star and natural-born leader Megan Rapinoe. She's chicken soup. for your soul, so you won't want to miss this.
4:48 p.m. Eastern [TEASE]
WALLACE: After the break, a real-life superhero, an icon in her own time standing up for equal pay, speaking to our better angels and calling out Donald Trump. Megan Rapinoe and U.S. Women's Soccer Team, now the world champs. New York City celebrated them today with a parade. We will next.
4:52 p.m. Eastern
MEGAN RAPINOE: This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody's responsibility, every single person here, every single person who's not here, every single person who doesn't want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn't agree, it's our responsibility to make this world a better place.
WALLACE: A powerful call to action today at the World Cup victory parade in New York, courtesy of the legend herself, Megan Rapinoe. She's been the team's unquestioned leader on and off the field. No one scored more goals that she did in the tournament, but perhaps her most enduring legacy will be the way she stood up for social change when the light shined the brightest. She's a huge advocate for equal pay, something she spoke with her colleague Rachel Maddow last night.
RAPINOE: I think everyone realizes now, it’s like, “okay, it's time for the next step. It's time to work together to get this to get this to a better place, be collaborative.” The conversation is not about equal pay anymore. It's everybody. It's like, if you're not down with equal pay at this point or equality or whatever it is, like, you're so far out of reality and the conversation that we can't even go there. I think it's time to move to the next phase. I think everybody wants that. Nobody wants this contentious fight all of the time.
WALLACE: As for her feud with Donald Trump, Rapinoe had a message for him last night, too.
RAPINOE: I think that I would say that your message is excluding people. You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of you're excluding, you know, Americans that maybe support you. [SCREEN WIPE] And I think that we have a responsibility each and every one of us, you have an incredible responsibility as, you know, the chief of this country to take care of every single person and you need to do better for everyone.
JEN PALMIERI: There's so much here, right? I mean, there is — there is these amazing athletes who understood that, you know, I read I think it was Alex Morgan a few weeks ago said I just — I watched the girls in 1999 and I watched the U.S. Women's soccer team win then and remember Brandi Chastain took her shirt off, and that was like the big controversy. But she weathered it —
WALLACE: Through her sports bra.
PALMIERI: — and she, like — got through it — she had a sports bra and they were like I saw what it can look like, and I always wanted to be her. I always granted a career in professional soccer, right? That's progress — that in and of itself. But I didn't understand at the time that it was going to come with these other responsibilities but it does and it’s really important because we had the opportunity to not just make progress for women in sports but to have this — have that sort of spread to other parts of society and, you know, just as the 1999 team inspired these women, they are going to — they are inspiring millions and millions of girls and boys and women and making the argument about equality and proving their worth. I tweet a lot about them, and I’ve been — somebody said, “well, you know, if the problem for the women athletes is they don’t draw in as big of crowds and so the market — there’s these market forces that say they don't make as much money, their team doesn't make as much as men’s teams.” I'm, like, yes, I'm aware that we built the market that way. I'm aware that we don't value women's efforts as much as men, but that's changing and they are showing us they are fun to watch in addition to just being great athletes.
WALLACE: They’re also, she's just a born leader. I mean, you cover Washington, you've been around Hollywood — I mean, there are just people that have it and she just has it.
JONATHAN SWAN: Yeah. I mean, I was watching that rally. You could see her with a political future, right
WALLACE: You can see her at the Democratic convention.
PALMIERI: A keynote speaker.
SWAN: It wouldn't surprise me actually.
WALLACE: Me neither and she also — she doesn't have that flinchy thing when asked if she will get involved in political causes. Will you go to Washington? I saw her on one of the shows last night, “yeah, absolutely, I'll go to Washington.”
CHARLIE SYKES: MAGA world does not want to pick a fight with this woman.
WALLACE: I don’t think so.
SYKES: I mean, when she called the shot, people were going, “well, you shouldn't be talking about not going to the White House before you win it all.” Well, she put that pressure on herself and then she delivers. I mean, she just stands there and she strokes the ball in and I mean, that's something — I mean, she's a remarkable woman and she's probably the coolest woman in America right now.
WALLACE: Megan Rapinoe, you make us believe. God bless you and all your teammates, congratulations.