Michael Bradley has
lived in Toronto since 2014 after spending eight seasons in Europe, but the Toronto FC captain follows the developments in the United States closely and is horrified by what he sees.
"We have a president who is completely empty," he said of President Donald Trump on a media call on Thursday. "There isn't a moral bone in his body. 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 three and a half years."
Bradley, who was born in Princeton, New Jersey, where his father Bob was a college coach, and lived in Illinois before turning pro at the age of 16, said Americans need to vote on Nov. 3.
"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," he said. "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."
He said any chance to begin eliminating racial inequality and social injustice defends on the election.
"If we want any chance to start to fix those things," he said, "then Trump can't be president. It's as simple as that."
Bradley ticked off a range of emotions he's felt watching the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed.
“I have spent the last 10 days watching, listening to it all and I don’t even know where to start," he said. "There is so much that needs to be said. I’m horrified, angry, disgusted and embarrassed we live in a world where black men, women, children fear for their lives daily. We have to find real ways to front this head on. What we have been doing, the way we have been living is not good enough."
He added that everyone needs to do more to educate themselves and have difficult conversations.
“White men, women, children need to listen,” Bradley said. “We need to understand there is a perspective in a world totally different to one they are used to. We have failed the black community, other communities of color we have failed. I need to educate myself more.”