Megan Rapinoe has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president!
Rapinoe announced her endorsement with a post on Instagram, which shows her on a phone call with the candidate.
“I just think that [your campaign] is amazing,” Rapinoe says in the call. “It’s big, it’s bold. I just don’t think we can get to a better place by walking this moderate line.”
Warren thanks Rapinoe for her support and tells her that “we need you in this battle.” She also praises Rapinoe’s own work fighting for equality: “You get out there and you both lead the team on the field, but you also help lead America off the field, and that’s really important.” Rapinoe was recently named Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsperson of the Year.
In the caption, Rapinoe explains her decision to endorse Warren.
“I’m proud to endorse @elizabethwarren today, for being bold, for being real, for listening to ALL of us, and for being prepared to navigate the unique challenges we face today as a country,” she wrote.
According to a November poll by YouGov and Out magazine, Warren is the favorite candidate among the LGBTQ community, with 31% of LGBTQ likely voters saying they supported her in the 2020 primary. The second-most popular candidate was Bernie Sanders at 18%, then Joe Biden with 16%. Gay candidate Pete Buttigieg lagged with only 14%.
Rapinoe also made a direct statement to the President in a CNN interview: “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you.”
The FIFA Award winner has also consistently called out homophobia, racism, and other injustices in the soccer world and beyond.