Is former NBA superstar Charles Barkley emerging as the voice of reason in the popular culture when it comes to post-election analysis?

Here are his remarks on TNT’s Inside the NBA and although he says he didn’t vote for Donald Trump, he thinks America needs to “give him a chance.” USA Today has the video here.

“Well, Ernie. It’s been kind of shell-shock, to be honest with you, the last 48 hours with Mr. Trump becoming the president. I was in shock, I’m not gonna lie. I was totally surprised at the election results. That being said, we’ve got to move on. I was disappointed because my candidate didn’t win, number one. But like I said, it’s over now. He’s going to be the president of the United States. We’ve got to respect the office, and we have to give him a chance. That’s the bottom line.

“Somebody always loses an election. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve won the last couple with President Obama. We didn’t win this one. But like I said, I respect the office of the president of the United States, and we have to give him a chance. Everything he’s said in the past, that’s water under the bridge. We have to give him a chance, and we have to support him because he’s the president of the United States of America.”

You have to hand it to the “Round Mound of Rebound” as this short statement represents something that most other Clinton supporters haven’t quite been able to bring themselves to accept. Whether it’s Miley Cyrus or America Ferrera sobbing on their Instagram accounts, or even worse, Madonna and Mark Ruffalo actually joining the protesters rioters in New York City Thursday night, representatives of America’s popular culture have shown themselves to be less that magnanimous in their reaction to the results of this week’s quadrennial exercise in Democratic Republicanism.

Maybe Barkley is in a better place to accept a loss because, despite his great talent, he was denied the NA championship during his storied career. In other words, he understands what it means to lose. It takes more character to accept a loss than it does to celebrate a win. Winning is easy.

But, in this era of “participation trophies” awarded to every young child playing Little League or soccer over the past two decades, America has raised a generation of young people who have no idea how to accept a loss. They should look to Barkley as a role model. Ironic, isn’t it?

 

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