After Tuesday night’s election results, protests have sprung up around the country from people who aren’t happy about Trump winning. While they’ve mostly been civil, some of the protests have gotten out of hand and become destructive and violent. The Portland protests have already caused several million dollars in damages.
Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard decided to share his thoughts on the protests, which have caused lots of damages and shut down two major highways.
“I think it’s very unfortunate that people have done some of the things they have done during the protest. A lot of harm and damage has been done,” Lillard told ESPN’s Chris Haynes on Saturday.
“I do understand their frustration, and I commend people wanting to come together for some kind of change. Tearing apart your own city just isn’t the place to begin, and also making your own city less of a safe place isn’t the answer.”
The Portland protests escalated to the point that police officers had to use flash bangs and tear gas to keep protesters at bay. One man was shot, though his injuries were not considered life threatening.
“For someone to be shot on the bridge lets you know it has gone too far,” said Lillard. “That could have been a kid out there or any person catching a stray bullet.”
He also questioned who the protests were for, given that they’re mostly happening in places like Portland, Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles, big cities that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary.
“Especially when the majority of the people here voted for Hillary,” he added. “So if this is an anti-Trump rally, then you’re probably harming the people that you side with in most cases. So again I share the same worry, but I don’t think this is the solution.”
Damian has some really excellent points here. He’s clearly learned to embrace being a leader, not just for his team, but for his city.