Megan Rapinoe Smirks, Refuses to Put Hand over Heart During National Anthem at World Cup Parade

USA women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe (L) and other team members celebrate in front of the City Hall after the ticker tape parade for the women's World Cup champions on July 10, 2019 in New York. - Tens of thousands of fans are poised to pack the streets of New …
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Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe smirked and refused to put her hand over her heart when the national anthem played during the World Cup victory parade in New York on Wednesday.

The title-winning team stood as the parade down Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes started, and most of Rapinoe’s teammates placed their hands over their hearts and sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

But just as she did while in France over the last month during the Women’s World Cup games, Rapinoe stood defiantly with her hands clasped behind her back and a wide smirk across her face.

As far back as last May, Rapinoe made it clear that she would never put her hand over her heart and sing during  the national anthem again because of President Donald Trump.

“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again,” Rapinoe said adding she views herself as “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration,” because of “everything I stand for.”

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