After scenes of violent attacks by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol that shocked the world, Steve Kerr, head coach of National Basketball Association (NBA) side Golden State Warriors, has gone all out to censure senators he referenced by name for their role in the ignominy.
Addressing the media ahead of Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Kerr had a message for Republican senators who stoked the election conspiracy theories that helped spark Wednesday’s insurrection. The coach suggested that Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley do something similar to his press briefing before meeting at the Capitol.
“I wish that people like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley had to do pregame media before they met in Congress.
“It would be great for them to answer the question: ‘Are you happy now? Do you keep moving the line back? Does this change anything? Are you going to continue to enable?’”
Kerr was direct when he singled out the specific individuals to reproach when he dropped their names without mincing words.
A junior United States Senator from Missouri and an unabashed Trump loyalist, Hawley, was the first senator to publicly declare that he would object to the counting of electoral college votes that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden as Trump’s successor.
As the basis for his decision, Hawley cited baseless election theories espoused by the outgoing President claiming that votes in some states that went for Biden were invalid without any supporting evidence to back his own allegations up. A picture of him, with his fist raised in support of the rampaging mob on Wednesday, has been circulated online.
Propped up by Trump and his supporters, the uncontrollable mob attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the democratic process of the certification of the November elections.
Even after the Senate reconvened on Wednesday evening in the aftermath of the attack to continue their job certifying the results, Hawley still declined to retract his objection.
Texas senator Cruz, another outspoken Trump loyalist, who has previously vowed before the attack to object to the electoral college vote count followed through with that vow along with Hawley and six other “loyal” senators on Wednesday night.
On his part, Florida senator Rubio declined to publicly state where he stood on the electoral college certification. But, that did not stop him from floating a baseless conspiracy theory on election day that gave oxygen to Trump’s attempt to delegitimise the results.
Coach Kerr also touched on the now obvious discrepancy in how Washington police dealt with the mostly white rioters on Wednesday at the Capitol compared to the systemic violence endured by Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
“What you’re seeing today is a reminder that there’s a huge difference … We all understand there would’ve been guns ablaze and fire ablaze right now if there were Black people protesting.
“Nothing is going to change until we acknowledge there is a huge difference in how Black people are treated in regards to law enforcement.”
According to evidence gathered on Wednesday and later after the violent acts, police were seen posing with attackers and helping them walk down stairs.