Megyn Kelly was outraged that Megan Rapinoe appeared to be laughing and smiling after missing a crucial penalty in the USA women’s team’s spectacular elimination from the World Cup.
Rapinoe, the 38-year veteran and lightning rod of her engagement, sailed her kick wide of the target and the USA were knocked out of the quarterfinals 5-4 in Sunday’s sudden-death shootout against Sweden.
“She couldn’t execute,” the former news anchor told listeners of her SiriusXM podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show, on Tuesday.
“She was too focused on her waking state, it affected her troops and now they are losers.”
Rapinoe has been vocal on current issues such as kneeling while playing the national anthem and the possibility of transgender women being allowed to play alongside biological women at sporting events.
Kelly called Rapinoe “the Mark Milley of football” – a nod to the country’s most senior military officer, who has been criticized by conservatives for placing too much emphasis on “alertness” in the armed forces.
After her failure, she was seen grinning. In post-game interviews, she explained her reaction by saying, “This is like a sick joke.” I’ve never thought about when I miss them being saved. That’s why I had this smile on my face.”
However, Kelly didn’t buy it off, saying Rapinoe was “more concerned about her Nike checks.”
“It was a failure, it was a loss and it was the end of her career. And good. Goodbye,” Kelly said.
“I will not miss her or her leadership.”
The US team had faced backlash after several starting players apparently refused to sing the national anthem during the group stage, an unpatriotic move Kelly threw at Rapinoe’s feet.
Kelly noted that other athletes who have represented the country on the world stage — like Lakers forward LeBron James and the 1980 US men’s ice hockey team Miracle on Ice — would show more pride.
“They took it so seriously,” Kelly said.
“They understood that they had their sights set on the Stars and Stripes and that the whole country was watching them for a reason.”
“She can laugh, it’s all about her,” Kelly said of Rapinoe.
The Post has reached out to Rapinoe and the United States women’s soccer team for comment.