Steve Kerr calls out Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley after attack on U.S. Capitol

Jason Owens
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Following a violent attack by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had a message for Republican senators who stoked the election conspiracy theories that sparked Wednesday’s insurrection.

Speaking with media ahead of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, Kerr suggested that Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley do the same before meeting at the Capitol.

“I wish that people like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley had to do pregame media before they met in Congress,” Kerr said. “It would be great for them to answer the question: ‘Are you happy now? Do you keep moving the line back? Does this change anything? Are you going to continue to enable?’”

Why did Kerr single out senators?

Hawley, a Trump loyalist representing Missouri, was the first senator to announce that he would object to the counting of electoral college votes that confirm President-elect Joe Biden as Trump’s successor. Hawley cited baseless election theories spouted by Trump that votes in some states that went for Biden were invalid.

He was seen supporting the mob on Wednesday.

That count was slated to take place by Congress on Wednesday before the mob propped up by Trump and his supporters attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the democratic process.

Hawley declined to retract his objection when the Senate reconvened Wednesday evening in the aftermath of the attack.

Cruz, a Trump loyalist representing Texas, also vowed before the attack to object to the electoral college vote count. He was one of six senators alongside Hawley to follow through on his objection Wednesday night.

Rubio, a Florida Republican, declined to state his stance on the electoral college certification. He floated a baseless conspiracy theory on election day that supported Trump’s attempt to delegitimize the election.

Kerr talks police response to Capitol mob

Kerr also addressed the discrepancy in how police dealt with the mostly white rioters on Wednesday compared to the systemic violence endured by Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

“What you’re seeing today is a reminder that there’s a huge difference,” Kerr said. … We all understand there would’ve been guns ablaze and fire ablaze right now if there were Black people protesting. … Nothing is going to change until we acknowledge there is a huge difference in how Black people are treated in regards to law enforcement.”

Police were seen Wednesday posing with attackers and helping them walk down stairs.

Kerr wasn’t the only person to make that observation on Wednesday.

After Kerr’s pregame comments, Warriors and Clippers players took a knee during the pregame national anthem.

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 22, 2020 in New York City. The Nets defeated the Warriors 125-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Steve Kerr called out senators by name after the riot in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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