when a NBA coach says it

This is everything. Thank you Gregg Popovich. Here is his statement to The Nation in full:

We’ve all seen the San Antonio Spurs’ future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich in a state of exasperation on the sidelines, or in postgame news conferences. Many of us have also heard him speak with great vexation and clarity about the direction of this country and the actions of Donald Trump, particularly on Trump’s “disgusting tenor and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.” But I have never heard this man more frustrated, more fed up, and more tense with anger than he was today.

Coach Pop called me up after hearing the president’s remarks explaining why he hadn’t mentioned the four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger. Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Maybe it was the bald-faced nature of this lie, maybe it was Pop’s own history in the military, but the coach clearly had to vent. He said, “I want to say something, and please just let me talk, and please make sure this is on the record.”

Here is what he said:

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”

At this point, Coach Pop paused, and I thought for a moment that perhaps he didn’t have the words and the conversation would end. Then he took a breath and said:

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

Then he said, “Bye, Dave.” And that was it. Should be one hell of an NBA season.

things for life right now

If you haven't been paying attention, the GOP is trying to rip healthcare from 32 million people, voting on a monstrous bill next week called Graham Cassidy. If you want to know more, watch Pod Save America's FB live from yesterday. 

Then call this number: (202) 224-3121 and ask your senators to vote no.

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Life has been easy and fun lately -- fully leaning into the fall feeling around here. Yankee Candles, pumpkin muffins + soup, and have been drinking more red! Ha!

At Simon's six month check-up yesterday, the pediatrician let us know that given he's already crawling and sitting up on his own, he may very well walk by Christmas...WHAT?! NO! I'm NOT READY!!!

Tried to watch HBO's The Deuce. So tiresome. Hey, HBO: let's do something other than gratuitous violence, nudity, and exploitation of women mmkay?

As per usual, I found a new podcast that I am loving. Thank you Kendra for providing some fun listening amongst all my political shows!

Hold onto your hats: I AM READING. I've made myself get my book and read first thing in the early AM instead of interneting. It's been magical. About to finish this book, which is next month's bookclub selection.

Stumbled across this print and ordered it immediately. The birds of paradise in Planet Earth have always held a special place in our hearts.

Always look forward to Thursday mornings on YouTube. Thank you Samantha Bee!

Ta-nehisi Coates: you are correct.