Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Published 1:03 a.m. ET June 5, 2020
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Longtime United States men’s national team player Michael Bradley heavily criticized President Donald Trump in a conference call with media Thursday.
Bradley, who has featured for the USMNT since 2006, said that if the country wants to solve the issues of racial inequality and social injustice — the root of protests across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25 — “then Trump can’t be president, it’s as simple as that.”
“We have a president who is completely empty. There isn’t a moral bone in his body,” Bradley said, per the Canadian Press.
“There’s no leadership. There’s no leadership from the president, there’s no leadership from the Republican senators who have sat back and been totally complicit in everything he’s done for the last 3½ years.”
Bradley then urged people to vote in the November general elections.
“I just hope that people are able to go to the polls in November and think about more than just what is good for them, more than what is good for their own status, their own business, their own tax return. I hope that people can go to the polls and understand that in so many ways, the future of our country and the future of our democracy is at stake.
“We need as many people as possible to understand that at a real level, to think about what four more years with Trump as president, what that would mean, how terrible that would be for so many people.”
Bradley, the 32-year-old son of former USMNT manager and current Los Angeles FC head coach, Bob Bradley, is the captain of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. He has also served as captain for the USMNT and played for the U.S. in the World Cup in both 2010 and 2014.
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