Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Gregg Popovich Says President Donald Trump Is A "Soulless Coward"

Gregg Popovich Says President Donald Trump Is A

The Washington Post reports critics are taking Trump to task for his assertions that previous presidents didn't contact families of American troops killed in the line of duty.

What's remarkable about this story isn't that Gregg Popovich spoke out against Trump, which he has done before. President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes didn't.

He said the election's results gave him a sick stomach in November after Trump was elected. All I can do is ask my generals. President George W. Bush met personally with more than 450 families of service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and wrote to more than 4,000 of them, according to newspaper accounts at the time. "I do a combination of both".

It doesn't take a long time to know that what was originally said was definitely a lie so Popovich called The Nation's Dave Zirin to talk about Trump's comments and wanted to make sure what was said was on the record.

"And his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness".

Popovich said Trump's comments on Monday were "so beyond the pale, I nearly don't have the words" and slammed Trump for his approach to the presidency, which he said "seems to be one of just... never ending divisiveness".

But Coach Popovich didn't stop there.

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others", Popovich said in an interview with The Nation.

Having clearly been fired up about the question, and with a lot on his mind - Coach Popovich continued in detail, "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". National Basketball Association players have been emboldened by Adam Silver and the league to speak out, and they will, knowing that with the NBA's younger, more urban, and more diverse and global fanbase (compared to the NFL) they will not face much if any backlash. It's hard to fathom why President Trump would make such a statement to unnecessarily pit himself against his predecessor when, at that moment, it was about grieving families.

Former aides to Obama say it's hard this many years later to determine whether Obama called Kelly and when.

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