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Jim Harbaugh explains why he spoke out against Donald Trump’s budget

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The Michigan coach says he’s voicing a bipartisan opinion as a regular American.

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Donald Trump's first proposed United States government budget included a suggestion to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, a public nonprofit that helps lower-income people afford attorneys.

On-brand, but not really much of a sports thing, until Jim Harbaugh tweeted:

The Michigan head coach is a member of the LSC's National Council. A month after that tweet, in an interview with Politico, he's explained things more fully.

I'm an American first and all Americans should care about justice. The idea, as you learn about our legal system, [is] the danger of not being able to have access to justice. From what I can see it's that, if you have money you have access to justice. If you don't, it's becoming increasingly less and less access for low-income Americans and that's the crux of it. I mean, to have a society that has liberty and justice for all, it's right there in the constitution. And LSC is the largest funder of civil legal aid in our nation.

Harbaugh stressed that he's taking this stand as an American citizen, not as a public university's most visible representative. "This is a bipartisan issue," he says twice. At times in the past, he's demonstrated support for political figures as diverse as Barack Obama, Darth Vader, James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader), and Trump himself. He’s also awkwardly weighed in on the protest by Colin Kaepernick, his former QB.

From Politico:

Harbaugh: I'm not saying this as a football coach, I'm saying this as an American. I'm for America first.

Politico: Well that's a Trump slogan right now—America First.

Harbaugh: I wasn't aware of that.

Politico: Yeah, he likes saying that.

Harbaugh responded to that by quoting James Madison; reeling off a quote from an old piece of writing is on-brand for him, so everyone is on-brand all around.

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