I have never heard of San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich. His existence means nothing to me and I could go through my life happily having never heard of another blow hard babysitter for overpaid jocks.
The Nation seems to think Popovich is the closest thing to God. In fact, they posted an article concerning the coach’s unasked for comments on President Trump’s failure to mention anything about the death of four U.S. military personnel in Niger and the absence of any presidential phone call to the families of the killed.
Popovich, a former military man, raged against the Commander-In-Chief and turned to a suppliant propagandizing media to vent his anger.
“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 are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
Well, that wasn’t quite true, because the coach continued:
“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 better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
Being a military veteran myself, I do not recall it being mandatory for the President to call those killed on active duty. It is, without a doubt, a great gesture of respect, but with dealing with an obstructionist Congress, a Democrat-led inquisition against him, fixing a treasonous Iran deal, staying on top of the suspicious Las Vegas shooting, trying to give hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico everything they need, and reforming our tax system, for him to not immediately call the families is not the act of a soulless coward.
A soulless coward is a coach who hides behind a microphone to cry betrayal while doing nothing on his own to alleviate the perceived wrong. Anyone could do what Popovich did, which is why he never has and never will mean anything to me.
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