Doc Rivers believes that Donald Trump will be ‘fine’ as President
Doc Rivers has experience working under a brash, opinionated billionaire in Donald Sterling, and it didn’t end brilliantly. However, the Los Angeles Clippers coach feels as though newly elected president-elect Donald Trump deserves a chance.
PerAndrew Han of ESPN, although Rivers was not looking for Trump to win the election, he’s not to worried about him taking office:
“The election didn’t go the way I wanted it to go,” Rivers said. “I personally know Donald Trump. I’ve golfed with him and I know him. I don’t think there’s anyone who runs for president that wants to do bad. I really don’t. So, you know, he won. My take on it: let’s give him a chance and see what he can do. That’s the only way anyway now. So, let’s go with that.”
Rivers also discussed the result on Wednesday, making it clear that he believes that Trump’s presidency is not a particularly bad thing:
“Donald Trump is going to be fine as president,” Rivers said. “That’s something I never thought I would have to say. Honestly. At the end of the day, he will be because I just believe America, overall, works. There’s a Congress, a Senate, and it’s going to work out.”
Rivers is fully aware of the backlash that has followed the result but believes that whoever is unhappy should promote political involvement and try to inspire change when they next get the chance:
“But, if you don’t like it, you have two years from now to change it — not the president — but you can change the Congress,” Rivers said. “You can change the Senate. If you don’t like it, change it. And, you change it by either running or voting. So, I think that’s the way. Don’t get mad; go do something. I’ve said that. I say that to my players. ‘Do something about it.’ And that’s my thing right now — go do something about it if you want change.
“The sun came up this morning. There was a time late last night I wasn’t sure if it was going happen, but it did. We’re all going to be OK, everyone. We’re going to be OK.”