What seemed particularly annoying to Popovich, as he made clear in the nation’s comments on Monday, was Trump’s refusal to try to calm the country after police officers killed another unarmed black man.
“It’s incredible,” said Popovich. “If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unite people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. He is so distraught. It’s just about him. It̵
“It’s so clear what to do. We need a president who comes out and just says that” black lives are important. “Just say these three words. But he won’t and he can’t,” added Popovich added. “He can’t because it is more important to him to appease the small group of supporters who confirm his madness.
“But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do everything to help, because that’s what executives do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path because he’s not a leader . “
Popovich also condemned three other prominent Republican politicians: Senator Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Senator Ted Cruz (Tex.) And most emphatically Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Popovich told the nation that Graham and Cruz previously “had the courage” to proclaim Trump “unsuitable” for office, but they have now “instead decided to be invisible and submissive to the slaughter.”
“In the end, we have a fool instead of a president, while the person who really rules the country, Senator Mitch McConnell, is destroying the United States for generations to come,” said Popovich. “McConnell has destroyed and degraded our judicial system. He tried to destroy health care. He has destroyed the environment. He is the master and Trump the sidekick, and what’s funny is that Trump doesn’t even know. Trump has always wanted to be part of the in-group, but McConnell is an in-group and Trump is playing the fool. “
Popovich has won five NBA championships as a Spurs coach since 1996, giving him the longest tenure with the same team of all coaches in the NBA, NFL, NHL, or Major League Baseball. His 1,272 regular season wins are the third-highest of all time, and his 0.676 percent win places him fourth among coaches with at least five full seasons (410 games).
One of those few coaches with a better share of the profits, Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors, has also spoken out on social issues and his disapproval of Trump’s tone and politics. In response to a tweet on Monday promoting the nation’s history, Kerr praised his colleagues: Write: “That’s why he’s pop. As he once told me, “Life is short – you either stand for something or you don’t.” He has always stood for justice and equality and given the rest of us the courage to do so. “
Trump has generally taken a confrontational stance on the protests by asking governors to “toughen” their responses and often suggesting that military aid be used.
In a national speech on Monday evening, Trump said he was “mobilizing all of the federal civil and military resources available to stop the riots and looting, end the destruction and arson, and protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your second, to change rights. “Trump cited several episodes of violence in the midst of the protests that he accused, among others, of Antifa, and said his goal was to” deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to dominate the streets. “
In his comments released earlier in the day, Popovich said of the president: “He’s not just divisive. He’s a destroyer. Being in his presence makes you die. He’ll eat you alive for his own purposes. I’m appalled that we have a leader who cannot say that black lives are important.
“So he’s hiding in the basement of the White House. He’s a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like an elementary school student. Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There’s nothing he can do to improve this because he’s a crazy idiot. “