US midfielder Megan Rapinoe, World Cup winner, said the “murderous mob” of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol last week showed the true colors of the country.
At least five people died in the attack after hundreds of the president’s supporters raped the Capitol as Congress worked to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election.
“It was about white supremacy and maintaining white supremacy,” Rapinoe told reporters.
“I hope [it’s] the last straw for so many people to really understand why we are here is because we have never really taken into account what our country really is.
“I think we’ve shown our true colors. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a murderous mob like this.”
Rapinoe, speaking at the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp in Orlando, said there has to be responsibility and punishment before the healing process can begin.
“All calls for unity and to move forward cannot be made without justice,” she added. “If we don’t punish this and investigate it as much as possible, it only encourages more things to happen.
“So whoever is thinking, ‘Oh well, they really wouldn’t have done much and we should give them some sort of a pass.’ Maybe we haven’t seen this in our lives.
“It was a murderous moment. Five people died … we can’t bring them back.”
The FBI has opened 160 cases as part of its investigation into the storming of the Capitol, the head of the agency’s Washington field office said on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the president said his remarks in a speech to his supporters before they attacked Capitol Hill were “very appropriate.”
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has announced he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying that “staying true to the people, the team and the country I love l outweighs the benefits of any individual reward.
In a delicately worded one-paragraph statement, the six-time Super Bowl-winning coach did not explicitly say that he turned down President Trump’s offer, which he called a friend.
Instead, Belichick explained, “the decision was made not to go ahead with the award” following last week’s siege on the US Capitol.
A White House official said on Sunday, four days after the riots, that Trump would attribute Belichick the nation’s highest civilian honor – as part of a wave of late introductions that also included golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late Babe Zaharias.
Sorenstam and Player accepted their awards in a private ceremony the day after Trump supporters stormed the US Senate and House of Representatives, while Belichick was due to be honored on Thursday.
“I was flattered … out of respect for what the honor represents and out of admiration for the previous recipients,” the coach said in his statement.
“Subsequently, the tragic events of the past week occurred and the decision was made not to go ahead with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for values , our nation’s freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots. “
Although he describes himself as apolitical, Belichick has sometimes entered politics.
The architect of the Patriots dynasty wrote Trump a letter of support which the candidate read aloud the day before the 2016 election at a rally in New Hampshire, a stronghold of the team’s fandom.
Although Trump said the letter offered “best wishes for great results” on Election Day and “the opportunity to make America great again,” Belichick said it was simply to support a friend .
Belichick also wore an Armenian flag pin to the White House in 2015 when the team celebrated their fourth Super Bowl victory – seen as a sign of support for the team’s soccer director, Berj Najarian, of Armenian descent.
Last month Belichick called on the US government to take action against Turkey and Azerbaijan for “unprovoked and violent attacks against Armenians.”
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Following George Floyd’s death this summer, Patriots players praised Belichick for providing an open forum for them to express their feelings about race and social injustice in America. In his statement on Monday, Belichick called this “one of the most rewarding things of my professional career.”
“Thanks to the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights have come to the fore and become actions,” he said.
“Continuing these efforts while remaining loyal to the people, team and country I love outweighs the benefits of any individual reward.”