The Olympics in Tokyo have been a circus so far.
Ratings are way down and stadiums are largely empty.
And Team USA chose to disrespect the national anthem until one shocking thing happened.
The “woke” U.S. Women’s National Soccer team has been valorized for the players’ progressive political stances.
Megan Rapinoe, the purple-haired face of the team, has been the most outspoken.
She was also the first professional athlete to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
Team USA, the prohibitive favorites in the tournament, continued their protest into the Olympics and kneeled before their opening match with Sweden.
But the defending World Cup champions got a rude wakeup call when they lost to Sweden 3-0.
Coincidentally, Team USA was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The players got a deluge of backlash from American fans who were disgusted by their protest before the match.
I’m so happy they lost. I’m actively rooting against US women’s soccer. I want them to be humiliated and embarrassed, just as they humiliate and embarrass our country. https://t.co/EnrFOIfVA2
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 21, 2021
Americans are sick and tired of seeing the flag and the national anthem attacked by athletes who are supposed to be representing the country.
The anti-American anthem protests have somehow been softened as general protests against “injustice.”
But that isn’t the point.
The goal is to attack America, raise “consciousness,” and divide the country.
That is what radical leftists want to do, and Team USA, among others, are behaving like useful idiots.
However, going into their second match, Team USA chose not to protest and they crushed New Zealand 6-1.
Team USA has been such a feel-good story over the years, but politics ruined it.
They have become yet another cultural touchstone that has been made divisive by the political Left.
They’ve burned so much of the goodwill built up over decades.
And it isn’t just over kneeling for the anthem.
Rapinoe and other teammates have perpetuated the undying myth over the gender pay gap.
On average, women make less than men because they are less likely to choose fields that pay more, namely dangerous jobs like logging or working on an oil rig.
Men also choose to work more hours on average.
When controlled for profession and time in the workforce, the gap between men and women is negligible, and in many of the biggest cities in the United States women make more.
In the case of Team USA, they chose their pay scale.
No matter how many times the pay gap has been debunked, the myth persists thanks to mouthpieces like Rapinoe and her cohort.