Weston McKennie has been the newest American star to be critical of the United States. President Donald Trump, with midfielder Schalke calling him a “racist” and an “ignorant”
Several U.S. men’s national team stars have recently come out, criticizing Trump amid ongoing nationwide protests after George Floyd ‘s death.
These protests have sparked a new conversation about racism and police brutality, with Trump fighting back complaints about the latter by declaring himself the “President of law and order.”
Since then, USMNT veteran Michael Bradley has said that Trump’s body “is not a moral bone” while defender DeAndre Yedlin said the US is a “sh*t show right now” while calling Trump’s election “embarrassing” and “mind-boggling.”
Former USMNT forward Terrence Boyd also expressed his view that Trump is “one of the planet’s worst people.”
And McKennie has become the latest American star to take a shot at Trump as, in recent weeks, he has emerged as one of the most vocal members of the USMNT.
While the president has been targeted by several USMNT stars, long-time U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe has engaged with Trump in a highly publicized word war.
The World Cup winner most recently called Trump a “white nationalist,” who produces nothing but hate.
After wearing the armband of a captain calling for justice for the death of Floyd, McKennie’s displays were joined by the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram, and Archaf Hakimi, who sent their messages in Bundesliga play with goal celebrations.
McKennie, who has earned 19 USMNT caps since his 2017 debut, said he intends to continue speaking out against racism while using his platform to advocate change.
“It’s also important for us athletes to be committed to fighting racism because we have the exposure,” he said.