House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) paid a visit on Wednesday night outside the locker room of the Golden State Warriors on the occasion of their game against the D.C. Wizards.
The visit seemed like a jab at President Donald Trump, who disinvited the team from the traditional NBA national champs’ trip to the White House after Stephen Curry criticized him.
USA Today reported:
‘I don’t want to go,’ Curry reiterated. ‘That’s kind of the nucleus of my belief…(But) it’s not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation.’
When asked why he wants to skip the visit and what the intended message would be, Curry elaborated.
‘That we don’t stand for basically what our President has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,’ Curry said. ‘And by acting and not going, hopefully, that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.’
When Trump heard the both Curry and head coach Steve Kerr weren’t looking forward to the visit he tweeted that the invite was off.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The Warriors made alternative plans while in the nation’s capital and took a group of school children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture — a plan Pelosi gushed over.
“It was beautiful,” Pelosi told the Washington Post as reported by the Hill. “It was lovely.”
“And you know what was great about it?” Pelosi said. “The authenticity. This is what they wanted to do.”
A frequent critic of Trump, last year Kerr said he thought the nation’s “core values” are under attack, according to the Hill.
He also blamed Congress for the shooting at a Florida high school last month where 17 people died.
“It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools,” Kerr said to reporters.