San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joins Texas Democrats seeking to rally political support around gun control following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Speaking at a Stand With Uvalde rally in Travis Park on Saturday, Popovich slammed Gov. Greg Abbott for hosting roundtables on gun violence after the 2018 Santa Fe high school shooting, but for not putting implemented any of the reforms discussed at the time.
“After the last massacre, [Abbott] made statements and promised that he would review the gun laws, he would review the legislation. Nothing happened,” Popovich said.
He then praised Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running against Abbott in November, for confronting the governor at a press conference in Uvalde last month. Although the move drew criticism from Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, who said O’Rourke was “sick” of politicizing a tragedy, Popovich’s comments at the Democrats’ rally on Saturday were met with resentment. cheers.
“The first reaction from people on the dais was, ‘You’re out of place,'” Popovich said of Uvalde’s press conference, which included Texas state leaders and state officials. the town of Uvalde. “Who’s offline?” You’re irrelevant ’cause you ain’t bullshit and 19 more [children] were assassinated”.
Popovich has long been a vocal critic of Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, to the irritation of some Spurs fans who wish he would avoid talking politics.
At Saturday’s Democrat rally, however, the coach was a fan favorite from a list of speakers that included O’Rourke, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and the former housing and welfare secretary. urban development Julián Castro.
Holding a notebook as he took the stage, Popovich admitted that the speech he was about to deliver would not appeal to all of his fans.
“I have all these things I want to say, I don’t know if I should or not,” he joked, before launching into a speech that focused criticism on Abbott and the two senators. State Republicans, John Cornyn. and Ted Cruz.
“We need to get them out of there so we can save our children,” said Popovich, who suggested state leaders should come together to discuss gun control solutions every day until they come to an agreement.
“They work for us. The majority of us want them to do something about gun laws,” Popovich said.
Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have so far ignored calls from Democrats to call a special session of the legislature, instead forming a committee to discuss issues ahead of the 2023 session. In Washington, Cornyn says part of a committee tasked with seeking solutions likely to rally the support of Republicans and Democrats.
“It’s always a good idea to speak truth to power because the people in power want to keep that power and they’ll do whatever they can to keep it,” Popovich said Saturday. “We learned that here in Texas.”