Rapinoe, who has returned to US Women’s National Team (USWNT) duty for the first time in nearly a year, spoke to reporters at length about the insurrection on January 6 that saw a pro-Trump mob force its way into the Capitol.
“This is America, make no mistake about it,” Rapinoe, a two-time World Cup winner who has made 168 appearances for the USWNT, said on Tuesday.
“I think we showed very much our true colors. This is not the first time we have seen a murderous mob like that.
“Unleashing a White supremacy mob is nothing new to America as people of color, Black and Brown, know that very well.”
“If we do not punish this and investigate this to the fullest extent it only encourages more of this to happen,” Rapinoe continued.
“This week certainly will be hugely consequential in the history of our country, it’s going to be very intense.
“Just from a personal standpoint it’s very unsettling and scary … This was about White supremacy and holding up White supremacy and I hope that we can see this and move forward with justice.”
Asked on Tuesday about a photo of an individual wearing a Trump mask and the USWNT crest, Rapinoe said: “I feel like I can probably speak on behalf of a lot of my teammates — that is not the kind of fan that we would welcome.
“The US crest is not to be confused with anything that has to do with White supremacy, anything that has to do with the Trump administration, anything that has to do with that divisive culture that we saw on the Capitol.
“Don’t take any comfort in thinking that the crest is synonymous with that or the red, white and blue or the stars that we have above it.
“I saw the picture. We want to create and continue to create a place that’s inclusive and safe and diverse … don’t bring that bullsh*t here.”
The USWNT plays its first game of 2021 against Colombia on January 19 in Florida before looking to defend its SheBelieves Cup title in February.
At the Olympics in Tokyo later this year, the team will bid to win its fifth gold medal.