David West: Donald Trump’s immigration remarks “struck a nerve with me”

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MILWAUKEE — Nearly every day, Warriors forward David West has become irritated with what President Donald Trump has done, said or tweeted. For better and for worse, West has forced himself not to become consumed with the 24-hour news cycle regarding Trump for a simple reason: “if you focus on him too much, you’ll go crazy; he’s just not rational or logical.”

West harbored much different sentiments, though, when he read numerous accounts that reported Trump making disparaging remarks during a meeting about immigration policy. Various publications cited sources that said that Trump referred to Haiti and various African nations as “shithole countries.”

West said that “struck a nerve with me.” So shortly afterwards, West posted a tweet that outlined in detail how those countries became impoverished through colonization.

How they became “Shit Holes”… pic.twitter.com/BBYH26Nz1N

— David West (@D_West30) January 12, 2018

“Those are not simple, non-nuanced subjects,” West told Bay Area News Group before the Warriors’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. “For him to make that comment about them being ‘shitholes,’ it’s not only disrespectful to the actual nation. If you think logically, what comes from ‘shitholes?’ Shit. It’s a direct insult to the people. A lot of these places have dealt with too much. With the levels of tragedy and injustice that’s levied on some of these nations, I don’t think anybody is in a position to judge them or put them down.”

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“You’re talking about Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and folks living on less than a dollar or 50 cents a day. They don’t need somebody in a position like the President of the United States spitting down on them. To me, it’s just inhumane to further step on people who are already at a disadvantage, not by their own doing.”

So, West hoped he informed others up by offering some context after taking trips to various counties in Africa in recent years. There, West has hosted basketball camps and met with local leaders to help with providing better access to electricity.

“I felt like it was an opportunity to inform people just about the basis of all of that and the nature of how he referred to some of those countries as shitholes, how they became places of not a whole lot of opportunity and things like that,” West said. “It wasn’t by their own devices or by being bad people.”

West represents one of many Warriors players that have criticized Trump in the past year for his divisive rhetoric toward minorities, women, the disabled and Muslims. The Warriors, including coach Steve Kerr, questioned Trump for initially refusing to condemn white supremacists for their role in riots in Charlottesville, Va. last summer. And the Warriors took offense when Trump spoke at a rally last fall in Alabama, referring to NFL players that kneel during the national …read more

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