Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has proclaimed that Gregg Popovich, the Trump-hating coach of the San Antonio Spurs, would make a great presidential candidate, according to reports.
“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president. All jokes aside. I would vote for him,” Kerr said Wednesday, according to ESPN.
Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, Popovich has repeatedly unleashed invective toward Washington making no bones about his hate for Trump and Trump’s voters.
Kerr, who calls Popovich a “key mentor” and “a great friend and somebody I admire,” added that Popovich exhibits “Honesty and integrity.” He went on saying, “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become president. Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”
Popovich has no political record, of course, but he has spent much of the last year excoriating Donald Trump.
Just last month, for instance, Popovich exclaimed that Trump is a “soulless coward.”
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others,” Popovich said during the media’s attacks on Trump for his calls to the families of KIA military veterans.
In May, Popovich was at it again calling Trump “embarrassing” and insisted Trump has cast a “paranoid” cloud over the country.
In September Popovich was plying his “embarrassing” theme once again, this time saying that Trump has made the U.S. an “embarrassment” to the world.
Not long after Trump was elected, Popovich insisted that Trump is a liar and that, “so far, we’ve got [to] a point where you really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth. You really can’t.”
Trump isn’t the only focus of Popovich’s venom. In September the NBA owner said that white people need to be made to “feel uncomfortable” over what, he believes, is the oppression of minorities in the U.S.
“There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change,” Popovich explained. “Whether it’s the LGBT movement, women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means.”
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