The Philadelphia 76ers head coach spoke prior to Wednesday's game about the Donald Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day.
DOC RIVERS: It's pretty disturbing, obviously, sad. But what is not is, I keep hearing, like, this attack on democracy, it's not. Democracy will prevail. It always does. Mark-- it shows a lot, though, you know, when you saw the protests in the summer and you saw the riots-- or more, the police and the National Guard and the Army. And then you see this, and you saw nothing. You know, it basically proves the point about a privileged life, you know, in a lot of ways.
You know, I'll say it because I don't think a lot of people want to. Could you imagine today those were all Black people storming the Capitol and what would have happened? You know, so that, to me, is a picture that's worth a thousand words for all of us to see, and probably something for us to reckon with again, you know? No police dogs turning on people, no Billy clubs hitting people, people peacefully being escorted out of the Capitol.
So it shows that you can disperse a crowd peacefully, I guess, would be the one thing. But it's a sad day in a lot of ways. It's not good for our country more across the borders that people see this, but it's part of what we are and so we have to solve. This is not the masses. The masses have spoken, you know? I'm so proud of Georgia. Georgia spoke, you know? And so, this is not the masses. This is a group of people who have decided to be unruly. And if we just left it at that, you know, I think we would all be in a better place, right? But the symbolism of storming the Capitol without force done to them, you know, if you're a Black American, you-- it definitely touches you in a different way. This is not a Black thing, this is an American thing again today, and we shouldn't turn it into that. But it definitely makes you think, for sure.