- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy declined to talk about basketball while speaking to the press Wednesday afternoon, instead delivering a six-minute rant against President-elect Donald Trump and the people who voted for him.

“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,’” Mr. Van Gundy told reporters at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, according to a transcript provided by the Detroit Free Press.

The head coach said Hillary Clinton’s stunning election-night loss has been hard on the team.

“We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking that this is where we are as a country,” Mr. Van Gundy said. “I don’t know how you walk into the booth and vote for that.

“It’s embarrassing. I have been ashamed of a lot of things that have happened in this country, but I can’t say I’ve ever been ashamed of our country until today. Until today,” he continued. “You don’t get to come out and talk about people like that, and then lead our country and have millions of Americans embrace you. I’m having a hard time being with people. I’m going to walk into this arena tonight and realize that — especially in this state — most of these people voted for the guy. Like, [expletive], I don’t have any respect for that. I don’t.”

Mr. Van Gundy said it was hypocritical for Christians to embrace a candidate who has disparaged women and racial minorities.

“I’m not a religious guy, but what the hell Bible are they reading? I’m dead serious. What Bible are you reading?” he asked. “You’re supposed to be — at least you pride yourself on being the moral compass of our society. And you said, ‘Yeah, the guy can talk about women like that. I’m fine with that. He can disparage every ethnic group, and I’m fine with that.’

“It’s incredible. I don’t know how you go about it, if you’re a person of color today or a Latino,” he said. “Because white society just said to you, again — not like we haven’t forever — but again, and emphatically, that I don’t think you deserve equality. We don’t think you deserve respect. And the same with women. That’s what we say today, as a country. We should be ashamed for what we stand for as the United States today.”

Mr. Van Gundy ended his rant without discussing Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, the Free Press reported.

“That’s it for me. I don’t have anything to say about the game tonight,” he said.

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