Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says that he "can't stand 99.9% of what comes out of (President Donald Trump's) mouth," citing the country's racial divide as a reason for disliking him.
"I think (Trump) has been the worst person that I can remember for race relations," Rivers said in an interview with Sports Illustrated published on Tuesday. "Having said that, attacking him does nothing. That only gives his base a stronger position. The answer is rallying to vote and trying to create change."
The Clippers coach has spoken out about Trump in the past. At a political rally in Alabama last September, Trump condemned NFL players' kneeling during the national anthem as their means to protest racial inequality.
Rivers then told The Los Angeles Times, "If Donald Trump did his job, players would not be kneeling at the end of the day."
Rivers also praised Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James in the Sports Illustrated interview for trying to inspire change with his actions more than his words.
James has been an outspoken critic of Trump but also has focused his efforts on raising political awareness. This past summer he opened his own elementary school for at-risk kids in Akron, Ohio.
"I think what LeBron James has done is special — he’s not talking about Trump, he’s doing good things," Rivers said. "When you don’t like something, you get involved and you fight."
Rivers felt voting was the best way to make a statement, adding, "More people will go to the next Drake concert than will vote, but when you want to create change, you should stand in line to vote. And volunteer."
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