Ben Simmons: Trump ‘brings more anger and hatred to the U.S.’

Posted: 30/09/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Ben Simmons has heard enough from President Donald Trump.

“I think he’s an idiot,” Simmons told FOX Sports News 500 during the Philadelphia 76ers‘ media day Monday.

“If he were in Australia right now, a lot of people would call him a dickhead, and that’s how I personally feel.”

Trump made headlines this past weekend with his remarks concerning NFL players protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” encouraging owners to fire anyone who “disrespects our flag.” Simmons believes that’s just one of many errors in judgment the POTUS has made.

“Some of the comments he’s just made about players, the NFL, the anthem. Everyone respects America, and everyone thinks America is a great country, but he’s the wrong person to be in charge of it,” added Simmons.

“I think, as a man, you’re not supposed to be tweeting like that, saying remarks about women, what people should be doing, how you talk to leaders of other countries, and putting America in a situation where it doesn’t need to be like that.”

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft is a native of Melbourne but has dual citizenship. In the country he now calls home, though, he questions whether the man in charge is fit to be in office.

“He just brings more anger and hatred to the U.S. It’s unneeded,” Simmons said.

“I think the U.S. is a great country. I love being here. I’m very appreciative of the job I’m in. I think he’s the wrong person to be in charge. He’s definitely not a leader.”

Simmons will make his debut with Philadelphia this upcoming season after missing the entire 2016-17 campaign with a broken right foot.


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