Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has represented for Charlotte, where he spent several years of his childhood, Toronto, where he spent his teen years, and has certainly shown love for Oakland. But recent tweets from President Donald Trump have him defending another post-industrial city with a relatively high population of African-Americans: Baltimore.
Curry responded on Saturday to a series of tweets from Trump in which the president called Baltimore a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” Trump’s comments came while he attacked Congressman Elijah Cummings, who represents Baltimore in Congress and is an outspoken critic of the president.
“If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” Trump wrote as part of his rant.
CNN correspondent and co-host of “New Day Weekend” Victor Blackwell, whose hometown is Baltimore, covered the president’s tweets in a segment on Saturday. “When he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people,” Blackwell said.
The segment was posted to Twitter, and that’s where Curry weighed in on the controversy.
“It’s this kind of boldness that our country needs! Keep calling him out,” Curry wrote. “I’m not from Baltimore – but I know countless people who are. Teammates, family, hardworking employees. All people that represent the best qualities of what it means to be American! And who want to live there!”
Curry isn’t the only Warrior who’s spoken up about the president during the team’s offseason. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has also begun speaking out again about Trump, saying earlier in July that the Republican Party has “sold its soul to Trump.”
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