Biden threatens to cut US Soccer’s World Cup funding unless women get equal pay “This is not over yet”

Saturday, 2020 candidate and former VP Joe Biden reacted to the news that a federal judge has dismissed the US Women’s Soccer team’s $66 million dollar “equal pay” lawsuit. Biden reacted by tweeting:

To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet.

To @USSoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.

 

Per NPR, Federal Judge R. Gary Klausner rejected the women’s team’s argument over receiving lower pay than the U.S. men’s team. He also dismissed a claim of unequal working conditions related to the number of turf and real grass pitches. While the judge did allow other claims in the lawsuit to move forward to trial, for the women who won the hearts of the nation with a romp to the World Cup title last year, the ruling is a major blow.

“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the players, said in a statement.

Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe tweeted: “We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY.”

Rapinoe recently offered to be Joe Biden’s Vice President (presumingly jokingly) during a instagram live session with the 2020 candidate.

Rapinoe also joked she could still play soccer at the same time.

“I don’t want to put you on the spot” Rapinoe began “I think I could still play soccer and do this. But if you need a vice president, I’m just saying I’m available for an interview. We can talk logistics and the details. Put it on your list. No pressure.”

Rapinoe shared a video of the conversation on Instagram:

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In December, Rapinoe had officially endorsed Elizabeth Warren for President.

Rapinoe shared a video of her phone call with Warren on Twitter, writing “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”