U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she doesn’t understand how her father who she thinks voted for Donald Trump in 2016 could also watch Fox News given what she feels is the overwhelmingly negative coverage she receives from the network.
Rapinoe was interviewed by The Guardian over the weekend in which she expressed her puzzlement at her parents’ conservative views.
“I’m very similar to how they are, even though I think my dad voted for Trump and I’ll say, ‘I don’t get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter?’” she said. That’s why I’m like, ‘You guys need to go to therapy.’”
She thinks that because of her views her parents should be Democrats and not independent thinkers.
“I feel like I grew up with all of these lessons (surrounding equality), but nothing was ever spoken,” Rapinoe said. “No language was ever put around it. Both of my parents should be really progressive – especially my mom – and I don’t get that they’re not. I’m always saying: ‘You guys should really be Democrats!’ But they’re not, so what’s happening?”
Rapinoe who came out as gay in 2012 said she has fought with her parents and despite their political differences that she still talks to them every day.
“There’s been some major blow-ups,” she said. “There’s definitely been some dust-ups. I’m very close to my family. It’s not like, ‘Ugh, I’m from a conservative town, and I never talk to them anymore.’ I talk to my parents all the time, every day. And I feel like I have seen progress and growth. I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and (you should) be okay with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn’t happen that quickly.”
What Rapinoe is missing is the fact that parents, in general, will always love their children despite any disappointments they may bring based on their life choices and that she should just learn to agree to disagree rather than try to force her parents into an ideology that they don’t believe in.