VIDEO! Rachel Maddow Casually Asks Megan Rapinoe to Run for President

The United States Women’s National Team continued their World Cup victory tour through the streets of New York City today — but apparently the first thing Megan Rapinoe did when she got to town was put on a suit to sit down with Rachel Maddow to talk about equal pay, being super duper famous now, and… running for president. Maddow asked Pinoe what’s next, casually mentioned a new poll that has her beating Trump by one point in an election, and then waited to hear Sue Bird’s thoughts on Pinoe’s political aspirations. Just a couple of butch icons plotting a global takeover, enjoy!

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. when Rachel said she was ‘still so nervous!’…my heart.

    we were BLESSED to see this.

  2. I literally could not concentrate on what either was saying during the interview. I had to listen to the podcast version later. And even then the VIBE was strong.

  3. The universe has been throwing butches in my field of vision (whether through tv or irl) in the last few weeks end my god! I am ready for it.

    Come at me butches ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Ok Megan I know but oh my gosh the interviewer i just – pretty and smart sjsksjsks I’m in love

    • Also, it felt like such a queer-affirming space. People were waving US flags in one hand and Pride flags in the other.

      • Had to wait until I got home to see all the pics and videos…must have been amazing to be there!

  5. The combo of the violet hair with the old-school gangster pinstripe – be still my heart!

  6. Love when RM is viscerally thrilled with her interview – she’s like that with Elizabeth Warren too!

  7. Ahh I was just saying the other week how I wanted a Maddow/Rapinoe presidential ticket, and now here they are, with those haircuts, in the same space!! I’m not sure my heart can handle it.

  8. butch icons in suits shaking hands…my single thought during that moment was that I SO would have gone to business school if all the stock photos looked anything like THIS.

    • (obviously that’s not the context of their handshake but it just made me think of the vast array of “handshake” stock photography that’s out there and about how it could all be improved by the presence of butch power lesbians)

    • I’m butch and my gf is a drag king and burlesque performer (in her femme avatar), and we were doing stupid handshakes with each other on the weekend. Hers is nice, thank goodness, firm but not too firm.

      So maybe we should put our suits on – my hair is freshly cut, hers is growing out, but she could pull off an Adam Brody look – and do some handshakes on camera and see how much we can make from Shutterstock. Heh.

  9. Megan Rapinoe saying “Federation” so much is giving me some serious Star Trek vibes.

    • Oooh good point, another place for her to be Captain! More stars for her shirt and everything. I now need this crossover, possibly with both Rachel Maddow and Tig Notaro to make a Space Queero Trio.

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