Steve Kerr jokes about President Trump getting confused in gun control debate

WASHINGTON — The Golden State Warriors were very careful to not address President Donald Trump during their trip to the nation’s capital this week. Head coach Steve Kerr cashed that out on Thursday after practice.

Responding to a question about Donald Trump supporting gun control measures on Wednesday, Kerr joked that he thought the president had gotten confused. He then compared him to Brick Tamland, the character from Anchorman prone to getting confused.

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“He reminded me of ‘Anchorman’ when Brick ends up on the wrong side of the fight and he’s like ‘yeah’ and they’re like ‘no, no Brick you’re on this side,'” Kerr said.

Kerr recognized that Raymond Ridder, the team’s PR head, was probably going to scold him for the routine, but he said he didn’t have any regrets.

“I know I’m going to take all kinds of shit,” Kerr said. “It was worth it.”

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Kerr’s response came in a lengthy discussion about his interactions with politics. T-shirts advocating a run by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and him have gained popularity since the election of Trump. So is he considering getting into government when he’s tired of basketball?

“I spent time last night with some lobbying groups, my key fundraising people,” Kerr joked. “I’ve maintained all along with Pop, that I’ll carry California, but you gotta get Texas. That’ll be the whole thing and he has a tougher job.”

“It doesn’t sound like the greatest job, especially after you’ve done basketball for a living,” he added.

Kerr did acknowledge that he expects major change coming in the political world. Particularly with the issue of gun control, which has taken over the national dialogue after the latest school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“The gun control issue will be really interesting to see if the GOP comes around and understands that time is not on their side, history is not on their side. The young generation, there’s going to be tons of them, growing up in conservative households — in liberal households — it doesn’t matter, they just want to be safe. We need Republicans and Democrats to understand that the safety of our nation is at stake and it can’t be a partisan issue. Right now it is a partisan issue. That’s gonna be really interesting because history has shown, you get on the wrong side of things and you stick to your guns — so to speak — you’re going to be in some trouble.”

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