Trump and Republicans seemed to revel in the US women soccer team’s Olympic loss to Sweden

Naomi Osaka, the USWNT and sport’s role in the strangest of American culture wars

Christen Press looks dejected following the USA’s defeat to Sweden in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Christen Press looks dejected following the USA’s defeat to Sweden in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Since the media no longer slavishly covers his every utterance, you might have missed ex-President Donald Trump’s rant at the Turning Point Action conference in Phoenix, Arizona last weekend.

A familiar word vomit, amid all the usual lies and conspiracy theories about the outcome of the 2020 election, he reprised a well-worn trope trying to somehow link kneeling for social justice with subsequent mediocre sporting performance.

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