Megan Rapinoe for President? U.S. Soccer Star Is Tied With Donald Trump in Very Hypothetical 2020 Poll

Having already conquered the soccer world on Sunday, Megan Rapinoe could also conquer the White House in 2020 should she so choose, according to a new poll.

Rapinoe scored as she co-captained the United States women's soccer team to victory in the World Cup final in France, while also taking home the awards for the tournament's best player and top goal scorer.

For Rapinoe, it was not only a testament to her skill on the soccer field but her ability to handle the weight of outside pressures, having carried the weight of the team's fight for equal pay and been the subject of attacks from the president of the United States.

Voters seemingly believe she could not only withstand those attacks on the field but could do so on the debate stage. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling over the last week gave Rapinoe 42 percent support if she were the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, compared to 41 percent for President Donald Trump.

That would still put the result within the margin of error, and another caveat is that the 604 registered voters who responded to the poll were made up of 38 percent Democrats and 33 percent Republicans.

Still, the numbers are impressive for someone who has never expressed an interest in a future political career. Unlike Democratic newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 34-year-old Rapinoe would, though, just about make age requirement to be eligible for the presidency. And many on social media have welcomed such a possibility.

If I’m reading the Constitution correctly, I believe Megan Rapinoe had to be subbed out of the game so that she could be sworn in as president of the United States.

— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) July 7, 2019


— 🍁Imani Gandied Yams🍁 (@AngryBlackLady) July 7, 2019

Lol jokes on Megan Rapinoe cause she actually has to go to the White House cause now she’s our president

— Jonah Hermann (@JonahHermann) July 7, 2019

Even before the 2019 World Cup, Rapinoe had attracted attention away from the soccer field for joining Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. An outspoken campaigner for LGBT rights and equal pay, her political views were thrust back into the spotlight amid her team's progress in France as an interview making clear her thoughts on the current president went viral.

"I'm not going to the f***ing White House," Rapinoe told soccer magazine Eight by Eight. "No f***ing way will we be invited to the White House. [Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the [Golden State] Warriors turned him down, he'll claim they hadn't been invited in the first place."

Predictably the president hit back in a series of tweets. Trump wrote that "Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!"

He added: "We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!"

Even in the aftermath of Rapinoe leading the U.S. to victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup final, some of the president's supporters were not happy. Conservatives shared a clip of Rapinoe celebrating the triumph with teammates in which they briefly dropped the American flag to the turf, claiming, like the president, that she had disrespected the flag.

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Megan Rapinoe holds up four fingers indicating four World Cup Championships as the USA Women's National team arrives back in the U.S. after winning their 4th FIFA World Cup title against Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 8, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey. Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty