Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr tweeted this week blasting Senate lawmakers for not “representing the people,” citing President Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial and the gun control debate.
“75% of all Americans want to see witnesses in the impeachment trial. Over 90% of us want simple background checks for people purchasing guns. We are getting neither. The Senate is not representing the people. The term ‘civil servant’ does not apply to those who refuse to serve,” Kerr tweeted Friday. He did not specify which polls or surveys he was citing.
75% of all Americans want to see witnesses in the impeachment trial. Over 90% of us want simple background checks for people purchasing guns. We are getting neither. The Senate is not representing the people. The term ‘civil servant’ does not apply to those who refuse to serve.
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) January 31, 2020
A poll released this week by Quinnipiac University found that three-quarters of American voters say witnesses should be allowed to testify in the ongoing trial in the upper chamber.
However, the poll did not specify which witnesses respondents would want to see called before lawmakers. For example, although Democratic lawmakers have sought to include testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, many Republicans oppose calling the former official.
According to a 2018 Quinnipiac University poll, 97 percent of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Pew Research found late last year that 93 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans support background checks for private gun sales and for sales at gun shows.
Kerr has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. He has frequently retweeted op-eds and other coverage during the impeachment trial calling out GOP lawmakers, who have largely been opposed to subpoenaing more documents or witnesses beyond the House’s impeachment inquiry.
On Friday, the Republican-controlled Senate voted against against calling additional witnesses to testify during the impeachment trial of President Trump. Senators voted 51-49, and only two GOP lawmakers broke rank with their Republican colleagues. Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah) joined Democrats to vote for witnesses.
Lawmakers in the upper chamber are slated to vote on the articles of impeachment next Wednesday.