Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy Wednesday unloaded on Donald Trump, lamenting Americans’ decision to elect an “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnic-centric” president.
“I didn’t vote for [George W.] Bush, but he was a good, honorable man with whom I had political differences, so I didn’t vote for him,” Gundy said in a six-minute diatribe about the impact of Trump’s election. “For our country to be where we are now, who took a guy who…I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnic-centric, and say, ‘That’s OK with us, we’re going to vote for him anyway.’”
“This should not have happened and this is a move that’s equal to all the white people who voted for Trump in America going out and finding the first black person or Latino person or any other non-white person and spitting right smack in their face, that’s basically what we did,” he argued. “And it blows my mind how we just don’t seem to learn some things that keep repeating themselves over and over again, it’s like the majority of the population in our country is retarded or something. This is a catastrophic decision the consequences of which will be carried throughout the following years and which will be particularly devastating for non-white Americans.”
He then argued that black NBA players should go to strike until the situation changes. “Because of all of this and because I have that ability, I am hereby calling for a general strike of all black NBA players who have a bone to pick with the racist that’s supposedly going to be ‘the president of all Americans.’ I want all of you to think very carefully about what I’m asking you to do and I want you to consider the alternative long and hard before you make a decision. They want us to think that we have no say in this, that we’re just supposed to play ball as if we’re entertainers in some circus. I’m telling you that you and all other sports personalities and athletes, all of you have the power to move people and make them see what’s going to happen if we don’t react.”
“If we let this slide, we might as well put a noose around our necks, because that’ll save him [Trump] the trouble of doing it himself,” Van Gundy argued. “I want all of you to stop playing professional games and stop fulfilling any and all professional obligations until that racist is kicked back out of President Obama’s White House. Because, that’s who that place belongs to – a true American and a person who isn’t afraid to let his opponents talk smack about him, and then politely bury them using his own superior rhetoric. Despite what anyone says, that’s the kind of man we need sitting at the head of the country and having the nuclear launch codes in his pocket. I don’t even want to think about what’s going to happen the first time racist Trump has a bad day and decides it might be a good idea to wipe out a piece of China or North Korea,” he concluded.