Her answer was especially appropriate on the eve of a holiday that celebrates the birth of a nation, one that was born out of dissent and has prided itself on being shaped by the free discussion of ideas.
"I don't think anyone truly believes that we disrespect the game or disrespect our opponents", she told reporters on Wednesday. "If we want to talk about the ideals that we stand for, the song and the anthem, and what we were founded on".
"I think for detractors, I would have them look hard into what I'm saying and the actions that I'm doing".
Krieger - a Women's World Cup victor with the U.S. team in 2015 - last week responded to Trump's string of tweets about Rapinoe, writing: "I know women who you can not control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe [Rapinoe] and will sit this one out as well". I know I am not flawless. I feel very fortunate to be in this country - I'd never be able to do this (play football) in many other places - but also that doesn't mean that it can't get better and doesn't mean that we shouldn't always strive to be better. "I think we just need to be really honest about that, and be really open in talking about that so we can reconcile that and hopefully move forward and make this make country better for everyone".
"I don't think it takes a lot of mind space to go ahead and tweet something out that's very important and then just refocus - turn it off and then refocus on the job". Instead, she wanted to show her support for Rapinoe and the rest of the USA women's national team.
Rapinoe has stood by her statement, except for the coarse language she used. Press in particular has given Ellis a huge selection headache as Megan Rapinoe may be left out in the final.
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Holding and voicing strong opinions is only part of Rapinoe's identity. Some even criticized her tea-sipping form. Both Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle are nursing injuries but both have declared themselves fit for Sunday's final because, well, if you're a player you don't rule yourself out of playing in the World Cup final, do you?
US players had also come under fire for their goal celebrations in a 13-0 win over Thailand earlier in the tournament, long after the game had already been won, and Rapinoe appeared sick of the latest round of criticism.
US national soccer team player Ali Krieger has said she would "absolutely not" go to the White House if invited and stood by her teammate Megan Rapinoe in her war of words with US President Donald Trump. She later apologized for the expletive but not for her sentiments.
In an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, Rapinoe said she was aware of the meme, revealing that she's taken the exact arms-raised stance before.
"I don't really plan these things out". And she adds: "Because I feel like I would be a walking Protest".