Fox News' Jesse Watters: 'Unpatriotic' U.S. Women's Soccer Team 'Not Helping' Pay Gap By Disparaging Trump

Fox News host Jesse Watters this week claimed that the U.S. national women's soccer team's "unpatriotic" behaviors towards President Donald Trump were "not helping" their case for closing the gender pay gap.

During a segment on Monday's The Five, the co-hosts discussed Team USA's World Cup victory on Sunday and played a video of the crowd at Stade de Lyon, in France, loudly chanting "equal pay."

Commenting on the crowd's response to the U.S. women's team's victory, Watters said: "The women are not helping their case by their behavior."

"If you go out and you disparage the president, you act in unpatriotic ways and then complain about not getting paid equally, well, what do you think is going to happen? People are not going to watch," he argued, before explaining that he has been told by many people that they will not be tuning into the game after what members of the team have said about Trump.

"That means the ad revenue comes down, that means their overall revenue comes down, and they can't divvy up the same amount of money," Watters added.

Team USA's 2-0 win against the Netherlands on Sunday, earned the U.S national women's soccer group their fourth FIFA World Cup title and second consecutive victory.

Watters' comments come after Team USA's Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe made headlines in recent months for speaking out about their negative feelings about Trump.

"I'm not going to the f—ing White House," Rapinoe told Eight By Eight magazine in January. "No, I'm not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited. I doubt it."

According to Fox Sports, the FIFA Women's World Cup final drew roughly 14.3 million viewers and peaked at almost 20 million across Fox and their related streaming services, making it the most-watched English-language soccer match since the last FIFA Women's World Cup final in 2015.

Viewership for the game exceeded the men's 2018 FIFA World Cup by roughly 22 percent. Approximately 11.44 million tuned in for that game.

The chanting of "equal pay" following Team USA's win on Sunday was in reference to an ongoing gender pay discrimination lawsuit filed by all 28 members of the women's team against the United States Soccer Federation. In the suit, dated March 8, the women demanded to be paid the same amount as members of the men's team.

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that games featuring the U.S. women's soccer team pulled in more revenue in the three years since their 2015 World Cup win than games played by the U.S. men's team. The U.S. women's team cited their ability to generate more revenue as a key reason for equal pay.

In response, the federation explained that the differences in pay were due to "differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex."

"The event revenue from the USWNT demonstrates the potential that can be realized when investment is made," Becca Roux, executive director of the U.S. women's national team's players association, said, according to the Journal. "While there is still a long way to go, I applaud U.S. Soccer, their partners, and our partners for the new marketing initiatives over the past couple of years. I hope it serves as a case study and example for other federations around the world to emulate."

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Fox News host Jesse Watters on Monday claimed that the "unpatriotic" U.S. women's national soccer team were "not helping" the pay gap by disparaging President Donald Trump. Fox News/Screenshot