Since Donald Trump took office, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has had no problem speaking bluntly about his thoughts on the President. He’s called the country an “embarrassment” and called Trump a “soulless coward” in the past.
He again called out Trump’s “cowardice” Sunday after being asked about about the “March for Our Lives” rallies around the country. The marches were aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States.
Jack Maloney of CBS Sports has Popovich’s full response to that question:
Well, the future of the country is a pretty big thing. There’s not one event that is going to signal what it’s going to be like in the future. But I can tell you that I’m sure most everybody is going to be unbelievably proud and excited about those students and what they’ve done. Because our politicians have certainly sat on their thumbs and just hidden. To most, it’s almost like a dereliction of duty to watch all these people get killed with guns — in so many different ways, whether it’s nightclubs, or schools, or cities. And it seems that the power and the money are more important than the lives. So to see these teenagers demand this, it takes you back.
You think about it, the civil rights movement didn’t flip or change until people saw things on TV. They saw policemen with fire hoses and dogs biting old black men and women, people being beaten with sticks. Then you get to the Vietnam War, and we’re in it forever, and then what happens? Film starts coming back with arms and legs blown off and coffins, and I can still remember the little girl who was napalmed running down the road. Things change when that happens. And in this one, in this situation, these students are the same way. Images are important. Obviously you can’t put an image on TV of what happened in that classroom, that would be pretty horrifying.
But if you just sit for a moment and imagine those bullets going through those bodies, and what those bodies might have looked like afterwards, how can the president of the country talk about all the things he’s going to do, and then go have lunch with the NRA and change it? It’s just cowardice. A real leader would have been in Washington D.C. this weekend, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the decency to meet with a group, to see what’s going on, and how important it is, and how important our children should be to us. So for all those politicians involved, it’s just a dereliction of duty.
They can talk about the age limit, and background checks and all that, but the real discussion is what kind of a country, what kind of a culture do we want? You go back and investigate the second amendment. What does it really mean today? What are we willing to give up for the safety of our children. The people in power don’t want to talk about that. The fact that our president left town, is a real indication of how much he really cares about anything other than feeding his insatiable ego.
Popovich believes the President should have stayed in Washington, D.C. to meet with the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting to discuss the issue. Trump left the district to spend time at Mar-a-Lago.
Popovich has been outspoken on many of Trump’s policies since he took office. That has led to some urging Popovich and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr to run against Trump in 2020. While those cries began jokingly, the two actually had to address the issue, saying they had no interest in running against Trump in two years.
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