Liberals practically tripped over themselves to hail their new hero, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, after he blasted President Trump.
Popovich has made no secret of his anti-Trump sentiments but remarks by the president on Monday sent the 68-year-old coach over the edge, calling Trump a “soulless coward.”
At Monday’s news conference in the White House Rose Garden, Trump addressed critics who questioned his lack of public reaction to the deaths of four Green Berets who were killed in Niger, as he contrasted his actions with those of former presidents.
His words infuriated Popovich who reportedly called The Nation’s Dave Zirin to vent.
Just spoke to Gregg Popovich who called Trump a “soulless coward” for lying about Obama & Bush not calling families of fallen soldiers…
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 16, 2017
“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,” the coach, who once served in the U.S. Air Force, said. “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 are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
Actually, Trump did not appear to say that previous presidents had not contacted families, only that personal calls were not made.
“I’ve written them personal letters. They’ve been sent, or they’re going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend. I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families, because I have done that traditionally,” Trump said, adding that he wanted “a little time to pass” to be able to “call when it’s appropriate.”
He explained that his approach differed from those of some of his predecessors.
“So the traditional way — if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls,” he said.
Popovich, five-time NBA champion with San Antonio and now head coach of the U.S. national team, fired off at Trump.
Popovich on Trump today:
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others” pic.twitter.com/6TueCtkfA7
— Jason Appelbaum (@JasonAppelbaum1) October 16, 2017
“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,” he told Zirin.
“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,” he continued. “The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
Gregg Popovich did not take kindly to Trump’s implication that Obama didn’t call fallen soldiers’ families. No word on his opinion about Obama lying to the families of the fallen Benghazi heroes. pic.twitter.com/xXRkBRd9Mb
— Disco Superboogie™ (@therealDiscoSB) October 17, 2017
Questioned later about his claim, Trump responded that he “was told” that Obama did not often make calls to soldiers’ families.
“President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know,” he said. “That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like, I like the combination of — I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter.”
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