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USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie on President Trump: 'In my eyes, you can call him a racist'

Jack Baer
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United States men’s national team midfielder Weston McKennie might have been the first professional athlete to take his protest of George Floyd’s death to the playing field.

Now, he’s speaking out against President Donald Trump. In an interview with German outlet Sport Bild, McKennie — who plays for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 — questioned Trump’s ability and commitment to leading the country, and said he believes Trump can be called a racist.

The 21-year-old McKennie received his first USMNT cap in 2017, and is one of several American players to make their name in Germany. A native of Texas, McKennie is part of the younger USMNT generation that could define the future of American soccer.

McKennie isn’t the first member of the USMNT to criticize Trump, as captain Michael Bradley defender said “there isn’t a moral bone in his body” and DeAndre Yedlin called him “the worst possible person” to handle a situation like Floyd’s death.

Former USMNT striker Terrence Boyd went as far as calling Trump “one of the worst people on the planet.” The sentiment is clearly shared by USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

McKennie made headlines last week when he took the field with an armband reading “Justice for George Floyd.” He was one of a number of Bundesliga players to make a show of protest. He was also among the players to record a video saying “Enough is enough”on police brutality.

All four officers involved in Floyd’s death have since been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department and hit with criminal charges, with officer Derek Chauvin — the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck — facing a second-degree murder charge.

Meanwhile protests have erupted across the country as activists seek police reform and even more drastic measures, with many athletes openly taking part.

Weston McKennie has been one of many Bundesliga players to protest the killing of George Floyd. (Photo by Roy Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

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