Biden Issues Threat: 'This Is Not Over'

The Democratic presidential hopeful demands equal pay for female soccer players
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2020 12:25 PM CDT
Biden Issues Threat: 'This Is Not Over'
In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and the Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Fired up over equal pay for female soccer players? Joe Biden just laid down the gauntlet. The presidential hopeful sent off a pair of tweets Saturday after the US Women's National Soccer Team suffered a legal setback in its pursuit of equal pay, CNN reports. "To @USWNT: don't give up this fight. This is not over yet," Biden posted, followed by: "This is not over yet. To @USSoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I'm president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding." Reuters reports that R. Gary Klausner, a district court judge in central California, issued a judgment Friday throwing out the players' claim to being underpaid next to the men's national team.

"The WNT (Women’s National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men’s National Team) over the class period," the court said. It was the latest move in a battle over equal pay that has included accusations of sexism and the resignation of US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro. The women's team says it will appeal Friday's ruling. Biden has supported the team's pursuit of equal pay before, tweeting in 2019 that "we must support their fight off the field for equal pay," but Fox News notes that his new missives come amid allegations of sexual misconduct by a former Senate aide. (She now says her report didn't mention sexual assault.)

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