Fox News host: Megan Rapinoe using platform to 'spoil' US women's World Cup win

Fox News host Howard Kurtz on Wednesday criticized U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe, accusing her of using her platform to "spoil" the women's national team's second straight World Cup victory with her criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE and his administration.

Kurtz, who hosts the weekly show "Media Buzz," said on Fox News's "America's Newsroom" that the team's World Cup victory on Sunday had the potential to be a "wonderful, unifying moment for the country."

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“But [Rapinoe] has just been constantly giving interviews, dissing Donald Trump, dissing the White House, dissing the national anthem,” Kurtz said. “I think that is a shame. She is happy to accept an invitation to go on the Hill from [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez drum up support for Green New Deal public housing plan MORE], but really attacking the president.”

Kurtz went on to acknowledge that it was appropriate for Rapinoe and other players to advocate for equal pay. But he criticized Rapinoe's repeated criticism of the president. 

“She is very liberal, and she can’t stand this president,” he said. “She is using the platform — I’m sorry to say this — to in some ways mar or spoil or tar what could have been this great unifying moment.”

Rapinoe has repeatedly condemned the Trump administration over the past two years. She is also one of many professional athletes to have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

The outspoken soccer star gained widespread attention during this year's World Cup for saying that she would reject an invitation from the White House should the women's team receive one. 

Rapinoe, who is openly gay, criticized Trump on Tuesday night for “excluding people,” including those who look like her.

“You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color. You're excluding Americans that maybe support you,” she said after being asked what her message to Trump would be if he were watching the program.

“I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you’re saying about 'Make America Great Again.' I think that you’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone. It might have been great for a few people.”

Rapinoe previously accepted an invitation from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to visit Congress and called on Americans to "love more" and "hate less" in a speech Wednesday during a ticker tape parade celebrating the U.S. women's national soccer team in New York City.