Steve Kerr calls U.S. Capitol Rioters 'Terrorists' and Warns 'You Reap What You Sow'

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has described the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as "terrorists" and said responsibility for the insurrection lay squarely with President Donald Trump.

In one of the worst security breaches in American history, Trump supporters forced their way into the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., storming the debating chambers and temporarily halting the tallying of Electoral College votes to ratify Joe Biden as the winner of last November's presidential election.

Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Congress were evacuated for their safety as the protesters clashed with armed police inside and outside the Capitol.

According to D.C. police, four people were killed in the unrest, including a woman who was shot by the Capitol police and three who died in what D.C. police chief Robert Contee described as "medical emergencies."

Like the rest of America, much of the sports world watched on as the siege unfolded. NBA games scheduled for Wednesday night went ahead, but several players, coaches and teams were determined to make their voices heard on the day's extraordinary events.

Kerr, who has long been a vocal critic of Trump, was among them.

"Really two big questions today in this country," Kerr said ahead of the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"What are we going to do about the protesters—excuse me, not protesters—the terrorists who stormed the Capitol, and how are we going to guard Lou Williams and avoid fouling?"

Steve Kerr addresses the events that occurred earlier today in Washington D.C.

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 7, 2021

The Warriors head coach then took aim at Trump for perpetuating baseless allegations of fraud since November's elections and urging his supporters to undo his defeat.

As late as Wednesday, the president encouraged a crowd to march on the Capitol.

"We will never give up," Trump said as he addressed thousands of protesters close to the White House.

"We will never concede. It doesn't happen. You don't concede when there's theft involved."

As the siege unfolded, Twitter and Facebook both locked Trump out of his accounts and removed several posts in which he cast doubt on the election results and praised his supporters.

Trump had raised the spectre of fraud even before Americans cast their votes in November and continued to do so on election night, when he prematurely claimed victory. Over the past two months, he has ramped up the rhetoric, without ever producing any evidence to back his claims.

Kerr chastised the president for stoking up the fire instead of defusing the volatile situation.

"We had 7 to 8 million more people vote for Biden than for Trump. Every state has certified those results," Kerr continued.

"Every court appeal has been turned down. A legitimate election is suddenly questioned by millions of people, including many of the people who are leading our country in government, because we've decided to [...] allow lies to be told. This is who we are. You reap what you sow."

He then took aim at various Republican senators and congressmen who have not only defended Trump but perpetuated his theories about electoral fraud.

"I wish that people like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley had to do pregame media. It'd be great for them to answer the question: are you happy now?" he added.

There is literally a tweet for everything. Cat got your tongue today huh?

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 6, 2021

Kerr wasn't the only member of the Warriors to be scathing of Trump. Golden State star Stephen Curry retweeted one of the president's posts from July, in which he called for a minimum 10-year sentence for people vandalizing federal buildings in Portland during a Black Lives Matter protest.

On his Instagram story, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shared a cartoon of Trump wearing a KKK hood while looking at his phone.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers questioned what could have happened had the protesters been Black.

"Could you imagine today, if those were all Black people storming the Capitol, and what would have happened?" Rivers told NBA on TNT.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches his team play the Sacramento Kings on December 15, 2020. Kerr has described the Capitol rioters as "terrorists." Ezra Shaw/Getty