The election of Donald Trump was an unexpected shocker to most of the political class and media. Across the board, the polls were wrong. The talking head predictions were wrong. Trump won. Decisively.
The 2016 presidential election was the most contentious and divisive in modern American history, including over the top rhetoric regarding women and minorities from the president-elect.
Trump will be president, but for many who opposed him, the day after the election was the first step in the process of accepting the reality of his coming presidency. Saying the nerve endings of the election are still incredibly raw is an understatement.
Yesterday, NBA coaches did not shy away from voicing their opinions when asked about the election and the president-elect. No sticking to sports here.
Detroit Pistons Head Coach Stan Van Gundy spoke at length during a media question and answer, and was open about his concern for Trump, who he called ‘brazenly racist.’
“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.”
Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr also commented on Trump, and took issue with Trump’s language regarding minorities and women, and it’s implications for his players and family.
“I have no idea what kind of president he’ll be because he hasn’t said anything about what he’s going to do,” Kerr said. “We don’t know. But it’s tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity, and there hasn’t been any. And then you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife who have basically been insulted by his comments and they’re distraught. Then you walk in and see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s very shocking. It really is.”
Steve Kerr — “this is my rant” — for 2+ minutes on the presidential election: “Maybe we should’ve seen this coming” pic.twitter.com/MJOcSdXxHH
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 10, 2016
Critics may disagree with the Stan Van Gundy and Steve Kerr’s opinions and think they should be quiet. That’s their right. But, it’s also the right of opponents of the party in power to dissent. That’s America. Only free societies enjoy that protection. In other countries, you just disappear.