OAKLAND – Like many Americans, Warriors forward David West woke up Wednesday morning trying to make sense of it all.
And, like so many others, he could not.
Could not embrace that fact that so many of his fellow United States citizens actually embraced a brazenly bellicose – and stridently divisive – misogynist as their president.
“The message was loud and clear last night,” West said of election results that will make Donald Trump the 45th president. “I don’t think there’s any room to not face the obvious truth: that he speaks for the majority of the people in this nation.
“His attitudes about black people and Muslim people, about women, about just about whatever group you can name, folks agreed with his position. And you can’t deny that because folks voted for him.
“So this whole fairy-tale about some post-racial, post . . . this Utopia that Obama supposedly created, it’s all bull. That’s the bottom line. When you look at what the results say from last night, this nation has not moved a thread with its ideals.”
West, 36, a product of working-class Teaneck, N.J., has been in the NBA for 13 seasons. He has made millions. Yet he clearly was surprised and disappointed with the voice of the electorate.
He wasn’t the only Warriors to feel that way. Veteran forward Andre Iguodala was disappointed but hardly surprised, saying in recent months he sensed much the country moving toward the polarizing Republican nominee.
“This is what we thought was going to happen anyway,” he said.
Iguodala, however, kept his most candid thoughts off the record. West did not.
“The things that he said, the things that he represented . . . that’s the way the majority of this nation feels,” West said of Trump. “He just emboldened them because he was able to say it publicly.
“It is kind of unnerving and unsettling to think about some of the things that he has said and hasn’t apologized for.”