Lillard on Anti-Trump Protesters in Portland: ‘Tearing Apart Your Own City is Not Smart’
Since Tuesday’s election in which Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, a wave of protests have popped up in different cities around the country.
In Portland, however, the protests have not been so peaceful, as people have committed acts of violence as well as property damage. Someone has even gotten shot.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard understands that people are frustrated, but the way they are handling that frustration is not the way to go.
“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.”
“For someone to be shot on the bridge lets you know it has gone too far,” Lillard said. “That could have been a kid out there or any person catching a stray bullet.”
Over 960,000 people voted Hillary for President in Oregon and Lillard made sure to bring that up to the people who are rioting.
“Especially when the majority of the people here voted for Hillary. 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.”