Raptors' DeRozan on Popovich's Trump comments: Pop for President

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What's remarkable about this story isn't that Gregg Popovich spoke out against Trump, which he has done before. Once again, the coach took direct aim at President#Donald Trump, this time in the wake of the president's comments falsely antagonizing predecessor Barack Obama about his calls to the families of fallen heroes.

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others.

"If you look at President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls", said Trump in a hastily-called press conference.

"The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it", he concluded by saying. "This is their shame most of all".

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Trump's comments came after the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Niger, and Popovich was angry enough to contact the Nation's Dave Zirin to go on the record about the subject.

However, given the president's impulsive nature, Popovich's statement could spark another week of ugly comments and tantrums from the White House. Trump said that he would "at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families", claiming that while he had "done that traditionally", he wanted "a little time to pass" to be able to "call when it's appropriate".

In an interview with The Nation later that day, the San Antonio Spurs' head coach said he "almost didn't have the words" to describe his reaction to Trump's claims earlier in the day.

"On media day in September, Popovich said it was "comical" that the president was rescinding the Warriors invitation to the White House because they weren't going anyway". Trump said he'd been advised that Obama hadn't, and a lot of presidents didn't - opting to write letters instead.

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Popovich also accused the president of a campaign of "never ending divisiveness". "I do a combination of both".

Popovich is an Air Force veteran, so it makes sense that this incident would gall him particularly.

So it was no surprise to see an interviewwith Popovich after the same Donald J. Trump produced one of the more grotesque lies in a years-long line of them Monday.

Trump addressed the deaths of the troops for the first Monday - 12 days after they lost their lives in an ambush by ISIS - and why he hadn't done so sooner. It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself.

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