If there’s one thing Megan Rapinoe does as skillfully as dominating the soccer pitch, it’s utilizing her platform to advocate for social justice and the causes she believes in.
So, in the same week she took another turn in the spotlight after being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, Rapinoe used the opportunity to make her stance known on what will be the most important story of the next calendar year: the U.S. presidential race.
Via her Twitter feed on Friday, Rapinoe officially endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren to be the Democratic nominee for president:
I truly believe the best things in life are a result of being bold and being real. I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren 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 @ewarren pic.twitter.com/9hX3gQYjvo— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) December 13, 2019
The endorsement was accompanied by a two minute video capturing a phone conversation between Warren and Rapinoe, both of whom appeared to be taking a brief break from busy itineraries to share a moment of mutual admiration. During their interaction, Rapinoe expressed what she respected most about the Senator from Massachusetts’ candidacy:
“It’s big. It’s bold. I just don’t think we can get to a better place by walking this moderate line, so I appreciate you being out front and being big and bold with that.”
Whether it’s challenging Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to join her fight to end racism or calling Donald Trump “a fucking joke,” it’s clear that when it comes to causes that mean something to her, Rapinoe never walks a moderate line for fear of offending anyone. So when she found a candidate who she believed matched that quality, she stepped up and made an endorsement.
For her part, Warren praised Rapinoe for her SI honor, telling the World Cup champion that “It’s fabulous and well-deserved. And well-deserved because you get out there and you...lead your team on the field but you also help lead America off the field and that’s really important.”
The two shared an “LFG” moment before parting ways. As of press time, there is unfortunately no footage of Elizabeth Warren striking The Pose... yet. Which is probably all the more incentive to watch this Thursday’s Democratic presidential candidates debate.