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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 6:00 am

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team went on the Democrat campaign trail after winning their World Cup trophy in convincing fashion. They are great at soccer, but why must we endure the half-baked, leftist, political gripes of their leader, Megan Rapinoe?

Only leftists can win such a big event and then paint themselves as victims, as she has.

Rapinoe repeated the tired DNC talking points to trash Trump. She said she was not going to the “f***ing White House.” But I think she and Trump are a lot alike — they brag a lot, make everything about themselves, and enjoy unnatural off-color hair styles. You could get their hair and Pete Rose’s in a room and create three colors that never existed before.

When you first meet Rapinoe and witness her vulgar demeanor, you lose all interest in petting her to see if she’s friendly. She looks like a less feminine Lyle Lovett.

Not having to defend her political views in front of a fawning media made it easy for her to snipe and not back up her views with facts. Anyone who hates Trump gets all the mainstream media microphones in his or her face.

Her main complaint is that men get paid more in soccer, so she chants “equal pay.” Like most leftist political chants, it seems fair on the surface (we are all for fair pay for everyone), until you look at the facts. According to Forbes, women get 20% of the revenues of their sport and men get 9%. 3.6 billion people watched the Men’s World Cup; 1 billion watched the women. In reality, the women have a better business deal than the men. Have you been to a women’s professional soccer game? Exactly.

Maybe like players do in soccer, the women are faking an injury to help their team. In reality, this is not sexism, it’s simple economics.

The good news is that Americans might now pay attention to soccer if a purple haired malcontent and a hottie like Alex Morgan are involved. Megan Rapinoe did kiss her hot girlfriend at the ESPYs, which should get more men to watch. Otherwise, soccer is a pretty boring sport. In the women’s final match, the score was 0 to 0 after the first half. I scored better in high school ... well, exactly the same, but you get the point.

True Americans have more interest in a Monster Truck show than soccer. It’s more entertaining and smells better than an international soccer match.

Yet soccer’s popularity is growing in the U.S. It must be a millennials’ sport. They are told they must like it because it is multi-cultural, international, and no one understands it. If you cannot play real sports like football, basketball or baseball, you are forced into youth soccer and given a trophy for just showing up. Also, millennials can sit in the bleachers watching soccer, stare at their iPhones for two hours, and not miss any scoring.

The other thing the left loves about soccer is that, like the UN, NATO and Chicago, it is run, like FIFA, as a multi-cultural, corrupt and unaccountable world organization. The left also likes open borders and telling migrants they are victims. Illegal immigrants are the future of the Democrat Party and U.S. soccer.

Notice FIFA and most of the above unequal pay organizations (like Hillary Clinton’s staff) are controlled by the left.

Women in Hollywood, another liberal institution, are perennially paid less than men. Scarlett Johansson made $44 million last year, and George Clooney made $240 million. Scarlett was America’s highest paid actress last year, if you do not count Christine Blasey-Ford.

As an aside on women actors, MSNBC is conducting auditions for women to play Attorney General William “Bill” Barr’s rape victim in an upcoming production.

On the bright side, Hollywood has paid Caitlyn Jenner three times as much as it paid Bruce Jenner. So there is progress.

You know soccer is corrupt if Vladimir Putin is involved. Vlad scolded the U.S. for bringing charges against FIFA. He was accused of bribing a FIFA official with a Picasso portrait to secure the games for Mother Russia. To be fair to Putin, it was not so much a bribe as it was an illustration of what that official’s face would look like if Russia didn’t get the games as promised.

FIFA brazenly pocketed an estimated $119 million in bribes and kickbacks. That’s impressive. It’s hard to pocket that much money in soccer, a sport where you’re not allowed to use your hands.

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