San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has never been shy about criticizing Donald Trump.
On Monday, however, Popovich came out and made perhaps his most damning comments regarding the president after Trump falsely claimed he was one of the few presidents to call or send a letter to families of deceased soldiers — after waiting 12 days to even acknowledge the deaths of four soldiers in Niger.
That didn’t sit well with Popovich, who called up Dave Zirin of The Nation to share his thoughts.
Popovich was not pleased, calling Trump a “soulless coward.”
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.
This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
Zirin noted he had never heard Popovich “so frustrated, so fed up, and so tense with anger than today.”
This goes along with the way many Americans are feeling these days. We are as divided as ever and the rhetoric that continues to be pushed is not helping anyone.
It’s time for everyone to stand up for what is right and to begin working towards a better country for all.
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