If the election results had Stan Van Gundy in a bad mood- Van Gundy called Trump openly and brazenly racist and misogynist- then Gregg Popovich has had his next few years ruined by the Trump ascendancy to the highest power of humankind.
The beauty that is Gregg Popovich is he believes this particular piece of grandmotherly widsom: what you think of me is none of my business. Popovich believes what he believes. He says what he says. He dares you to mock him or second guess. So with that as his calling card, imagine what he said about President-elect Donald Trump.
He said a lot.
Popvich called the country a bunch of hypocrites for saying they believed in one thing and doing something else- that something else would be voting for the likes of a racist like Trump. He pointed out the contradictions between saying you believe in family values and electing a man who has verbally denigrated, belittled and demoralized millions of people who have as their crime being born with skin that isn’t white. Popovich was clearly through with all the Evangelicals who claim “family values” as their birthright and then tolerate non-family values Trump.
“I look at Evangelicals and I wonder those values don’t mean anything to them. All those values to me are more important than anybody’s skill in business or anything else because it tells who we are and how we want to live and what kind of people we are.”
As leader of the Spurs, Gregg Popovich has welcomed all comers from all countries. All he needs to know is can you play unselfishly, do you understand the team concept, can you give more than you take, do you love to compete, do you play hard? And so Tony Parker is from France. And Paddy Mills is from Australia. And Manu Ginobli is from Argentina. And Pau Gasol is from Spain. All immigrants who work here, who, on one level or another, as a collective group, Donald Trump has maligned, debased and ostracized.
“I get it”, Popovich pointed out. “of course we want to be successful. Everybody wants to be successful. It’s our country and we don’t want it to go down the drain. But any reasonable person would come to that conclusion, but it doesn’t take away the fact that he used that fear mongering and all of the comments from day one, the race baiting with trying to make Barack Obama, our first black president, illegitimate. It leaves me wondering where I’ve been living and with whom I’m living.”
Is Popovich surprised that racist and homophobic and misogynist folk are his neighbors and that they vote? It sounds like it. But the reality is this:
Just as in 2000 when Al Gore was denied the presidency on specious grounds validated by the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton had more votes than Donald Trump. But she lost. But that’s not the system, who has the most votes at the end of the day.
Republicans are knee deep in transition talk while at the same time, and this is the bind this country is in, the election solved nothing about how divisive everything is, there are people protesting and marching and still in shock; many are stunned. The prospect of hate groups such as the Klan at the inauguration ceremony is a splash of cold water. Everyone is re-analyzing, including Popovich. Land of the brave and home of the free is taking on an entirely different context.
“The fact that people start talking about the transition team and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things. And now we see that he’s already backing off immigration and Obamacare and other things, so it was a big fake, which makes you feel it’s even more disgusting and cynical that somebody would use that to get the base that fired up. To get elected…He’s in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.”
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