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Steve Kerr 'disgusted and disappointed' by US presidential election discourse

Golden State's head coach compared the rhetoric of the campaign to The Jerry Springer Show.

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After Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy offered his thoughts on the state of the U.S. after the election of Donald Trump as president, it was Warriors coach Steve Kerr's time to "rant" about it.

Before Golden State's game against the Mavericks Wednesday, Kerr expressed his dismay with the general tone of the campaign.

"The whole process has left us disgusted and disappointed," Kerr said. "I thought we were better than this. I thought the Jerry Springer Show was the Jerry Springer Show. Watching the last debate, Trump would make a crack and you could hear fans in the stands [makes Oooh noises]. 'No he didn't.' 'Yeah, he did.' This is a presidential election, not the Jerry Springer Show."

That statement was a part of a longer address in which Kerr denounced the level of discourse in the campaign. The Mercury News' Anthony Slater has the full transcript.

This is not the first time Kerr has expressed his political views. In June, he called for stronger gun control, saying that "it's insane" that it's easier to get a gun than a drivers license in an appearance on Tim Kawakami’s podcast. He also supported Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice and police brutality following the death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.

"No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country,” Kerr said then.

In Wednesday's address, Kerr offered his reservations about Trump.

"The man who's going to lead you has routinely used racist, misogynistic, insulting words. That's a tough one. That's a tough one. And I wish him well. I hope he's a good president. I have no idea what kind of president he will be because he hasn't said anything about what he's going to do. We don't know. But it's tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity and there hasn't been any.

"And you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife, who have basically been insulted by [Trump's] comments, and they are distraught. And you walk in and you see the faces of your players, and most of them have been insulted directly, as minorities.

It's shocking. It really is. We talked about it as a team. I don't know what else to say."