Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is vociferously pro-democracy and anti-Trump, so much so that his criticism of Trump caused Trump to pre-emptively uninvite the team to the White House. Be that as it may, Kerr continues to make his views known. USA Today:
Q: As troubled as you seem to be, is there some gratification for you in trying to share certain messages and sensibilities?
A: Yeah, and a lot of pride in our players’ willingness to speak out. I don’t know if you saw the Sally Yates column (written by the former acting attorney general in USA TODAY on Dec. 19). I read it this morning, and I tweeted it. It’s fantastic. But there’s absolutely an assault on our institutions and on our core values as a country. She tweeted the preamble to the Constitution, which really sums up our country. And all those things are kind of under attack right now.
One of the things she writes is how important it is to speak the truth, and for people to not be deceived, coerced. That’s the entire reasoning behind the structure of our government, you know? Checks and balances. But it goes beyond the checks and balances. It’s up to the citizens to, ‘We The People,’ right? It’s not ‘We the President and Congress.’ It’s ’We The People, in order to form a more perfect union …’ So, who’s The People? You and I are the People. … We all are. Steph (Curry) and Draymond (Green) and KD (Kevin Durant). So it’s important for all of us to call b——-, and there’s a lot of b——- right now, and propaganda, and misinformation. You can’t let that happen. The truth has to always win out, and our institutions and ideals have to win out, so it’s important that we speak out.”
Kerr goes on to explain that America’s institutions have saved us from ourselves, from the tendency of mankind to be self-serving and power hungry. Kerr says that the only way to preserve these institutions is to “call bullshit” in the face of wrongdoing. He had this to say about Trump’s base:
There’s a big section of the population that truly believes he’s the patriotic one, he’s trying to uphold America’s ideals because the ideals have been blurred, right? And I think it’s not all Trump, right? It’s the last 20 years of 9/11 and terrorism. So you’ve got policy stuff like immigration that comes into play, and a lot of sort of patriotism, or misguided patriotism, that factors into all this stuff. So it’s tricky. But the only way any of this stuff works is if the people are behind it, and a lot of people are behind Trump, which is kind of scary.