Columbus Day Hot Take: Italian-Americans Supporting It Is Like Germans Supporting Hitler

This is a great way to piss off a good chunk of your fan base. And why talk about this at a team press conference, instead of basketball?

Spurs’ Popovich Slams Italian-American Support for Columbus Day: Like Germans Being ‘Proud of Hitler’

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich attacked Columbus Day on Friday, slamming his “backward” hometown for marking the day while accusing the famed 15th-century explorer of initiating a “new world genocide” and branding Italian-American support for honoring the day akin to Germans “proud of Hitler.”

After the first-ever presidential proclamation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day — which honors Native American peoples — was issued by President Joe Biden on Friday, Popovich praised the move, which has long been pushed by the left, calling it “appropriate, important, needed and all those sorts of things.”

Ahead of Friday’s Spurs-Heat preseason matchup, he also expressed confusion over San Antonio’s decision to celebrate the newly-proclaimed day along with the long-observed Columbus Day, claiming he was “a little confused about our city and why it’s [marking] Indigenous Peoples’ Day slash Columbus Day.”

He then slammed the Italian navigator who is credited with the discovery of North America.

“Columbus?” he asked mockingly. “I mean he initiated a new world genocide; that’s what he did.”

OK, let’s be honest, what Columbus initiated was not good. Dude was only trying to find a passage to Asia, but, caused a lot more. But, unhinged rants like this really doesn’t help the case, especially when we’re talking about something that happened 500 years ago, in a completely different time

Calling it “no knock on Italian Americans,” he then equated support for marking Columbus Day with pride in Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

“That’s a silly argument,” he said. “It’s like saying we should be proud of Hitler because we’re German.”

“I mean it makes no sense,” he added. “It’s about Columbus, it’s not about Italian Americans.”

So, he’s calling Italian-Americans horrible people for supporting Columbus Day. How about just shutting up and coaching? Interestingly, for all of Popovich’s unhinged rants against Trump and Republicans, calls for defunding the police (who provide protection for him, the players, and the arena), support of the violent BLM folks, and more, yet, never has a bad word to say about China. It’s almost like he and the NBA are in the pockets of a genocidal, repressive, dictatorial country due to endorsements and shoe deals and such.

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25 Responses to “Columbus Day Hot Take: Italian-Americans Supporting It Is Like Germans Supporting Hitler”

  1. Kye says:

    Gary Kasparov, former chess slave under the former Soviet Union regime, has this to say about woke America’s commitment to cancelling Christopher Columbus:

    (Columbus) achieved great things and is worthy of being honored for them with a national holiday. His incredible feats of exploration were due to individual qualities that Americans should find admirable, and once did in near unanimity. Holding historical figures to modern standards of morality is a method of antihistorical political control—much like the pseudohistory I grew up being taught in the Soviet Union.

    … Soviet history books portrayed these men as callow imperialists who exploited the natives the way their capitalist descendants exploited the proletariat. This also prepared me to hear the same tropes repeated by Western leftists today…

    Their accomplishments should not blind us to their flaws, but neither should their flaws blind us to their achievements…

    History is not a zero-sum game. We can honor indigenous people and all they represent—and all they lost—without erasing the greatest achievements of the Age of Discovery. I will be celebrating Columbus Day, and I hope you’ll join me. – WSJ

  2. Dana says:

    I caught a snippet, really not enough to lock in a citation, in which President Biden allegedly said that we need to honor the Indians indigenous Americans for their contributions to our society.

    Let’s be realistic here: their greatest contribution to American society was letting themselves get utterly defeated so that European settlers and their descendants could move across the continent.

    Mr Popovich was born in Chicago to a Serbian father and a Croatian mother, so he probably has less Indian indigenous American ancestry than Senatrix Elizabeth Warren, but I can see why he might be incensed; the Serbs and the Croats have just as much a history of losing wars as the Indians indigenous Americans.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    The reliably brilliant Mr Dana typed: Let’s be realistic here: their (indigenous peoples) greatest contribution to American society was letting themselves get utterly defeated so that European settlers and their descendants could move across the continent.

    That’s what our Chinese overlords will say about Americans in a century or two. They’ve already killed 700,000 just like the Uropeons spread contagion amongst the tribes. The greatest contribution of the Uropeons on America was the ease with which the Chinese overran them. The Chinese, Blacks, Muslims and Hispanics will enslave the white Americans that are left.

    • Dana says:

      Well, who knows, that might wind up being the case; conquered people face the fate of being conquered. Ask the Picts and the Britons what happened when the Angles and Saxons got there; it’s not like white Europeans haven’t themselves been conquered in the past. Heck, ask the Neanderthals what happened when the Cro-Magnons arrived!

      Human history is the history of some groups of people conquering, displacing, assimilating or exterminating other groups of people.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Long before Columbus, many historians agree that Native American tribes committed atrocities against each other, thirsting for power and land and killing anyone that stood in the way long before any European settler set foot on the continent.

    Bwaha! Lolgf

  5. Kye says:

    First of all no group, race or tribe in the entire Western Hemisphere is indigenous. They all came from Europe or Asia. So the whole ruckus is a fraud to begin with. Secondly, Columbus was an Italian government contractor outsourced to Spain so both the WOP’s and Spic’s should share the day equally.

    You got to remember it’s not Columbus the demofascist left hates, it’s us! It’s we Americans and the country we built. They’re envious beyond your wildest dreams that a bunch of White Christian men founded and developed the greatest nation that ever existed. Just read Elwood when he goes on one of his batshit crazy rants about how Whites want a White nationalist state and Christians want a theocracy and men want to subjugate women and ANYBODY but his own people are better than we are.

    I used to think morons like Elwood hated himself. The proverbial self-hating Whitey. But I’ve changed my mind. I don’t think liberals hate themselves. On the contrary, I think they are puffed up with unmerited self-regard. I think they hate you. And they associate you–not themselves–with the United States of America. That’s why the Elwood’s of America are in the process of doing everything they can to destroy what we’ve built over these years since Columbus. From killing Americans by denying them life-saving medications like Ivermectin (While Congress takes it themselves) to mandating people get something injected into their bodies they don’t want to closing down entire industries to destroy our economy (they’ve been doing that since 2020) like forcing the closure of Southwest because they just won’t let Free people be Free.

    Happy Columbus Day. It almost pisses the Elwood’s off as much as Independence Day.

    • Dana says:

      Oddly enough, it seems only to be the whiter white northern European settlers the left seem to loathe. Remember: virtually all of the south of the Rio Grande population are the descendants of European immigrants as well, just the slightly swarthier white southern Europeans from Portugal and Spain, along with more African descent as black slaves were intermingled with Spanish and Portuguese settlers.

      But the #woke¹ don’t seem to have that much of a problem with them!
      ¹ – From Wikipedia:

      Woke (/ˈwoʊk/) as a political term of African-American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression “stay woke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.

      By the late 2010s, woke had been adopted as a more generic slang term broadly associated with left-wing politics and cultural issues (with the terms woke culture and woke politics also being used). It has been the subject of memes and ironic usage. Its widespread use since 2014 is a result of the Black Lives Matter movement.

      I shall confess to sometimes “ironic usage” of the term. To put it bluntly, I think that the ‘woke’ are just boneheadedly stupid.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Like most nuCons, Mr Dana conflates “identifying truths” with “loathing”. White “christian” Uropeons invaded, occupied and colonized the New World destroying or consuming extant cultures, i.e., Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, plains and woodland indigenous peoples.

        • Dana says:

          The indigenous Mr Dowd wrote:

          Like most nuCons, Mr Dana conflates “identifying truths” with “loathing”. White “christian” Uropeons invaded, occupied and colonized the New World destroying or consuming extant cultures, i.e., Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, plains and woodland indigenous peoples.

          Conquest is the way of the world, Mr Dowd, and the weaker fall before the stronger.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Kye, The Moron: They all came from Europe or Asia.

      False. The species Homo sapiens originated in Africa. By Kye’s “reasoning” we are all African Homos.

      Full Definition of indigenous
      1a: produced, growing, living, or occurring natively or naturally in a particular region or environment

      1b: Indigenous or less commonly indigenous : of or relating to the earliest known inhabitants of a place and especially of a place that was colonized by a now-dominant group


      The earliest known Homo inhabitants (Indigenous peoples) of the Americas appeared as early as 30,000 years ago

      White christian Uropeons (settled from Africa about 40,000 yrs ago) invaded, occupied and colonized the Americas to the detriment of the indigenous peoples. In the process the civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans were destroyed. These civilizations lasted longer than the United States, so far. The Kye the Morons are hellbent on destroying America.

      These are facts, not value judgments. Human history is replete with war, conquest and enslavement.

      There is no reason for Kye The Moron to stay ignorant.

      It’s the Kyes of the world who are working to destroy America.

      Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Sure to piss off the Kye The Morons as much as MLK Day. LOL.

      • Kye says:

        So glad I got your pink panties in a bunch Elwood. That’s what I was tryin’ for. I know the definitions of indigenous thank you very much and I also know the “facts” you presented about people, migration and races is total conjecture and guesstimates. I figure you do too but your innate need to lie to try and make a point stops you from admitting it.

        But I do admire your creativity and reliance on putting forward theories which can neither be proved or disproved and stating that only your interpretation can be correct. Once again you show your insolence and ignorance by not seeing the entire picture. Your ability to maintain your partisan tunnel vision regardless of the topic is admirable.

        Now, gird your loins you pathetic piece of shit because here it comes:

        Another big payday for the Kye non-profit NGO yesterday. I saw our account was credited with $68,000 thanks to the illegal president’s (non-existent) immigration policy. Thanks Elwood for your donation. This follows a hit to my personal account for $16,000 on 10/7 for my own property in Ambler. What interesting times we live in when my political enemies are making me rich with their anti-American economic and immigration policies. Seoah, having returned from St. Louis with over a hundred million in HHS guarantees for the rest of this year we should be sitting pretty for 2022 regardless of how the demofascists try to corrupt and steal the midterm election.

        BTW, Seaoh said St. Louis is a very nice city. He had a good time even beside the government grifters trying to give away taxpayers money like candy to a baby. Sadly he was not able to purchase any rental properties on such a tight schedule. I was so hoping to accidentally put a house full of Afghans next to Elwood. See how he likes the smell of fermenting goat, human waste and the moooslems call to prayer 5 times a day. How melodic they are. Regular Mormon Tabernacle Choir they are. Oops, sorry, those damn White Christians again.

        Anyway, just wanted to thank Elwood and his demented grifter for the $$$$. See you in 7 days for my next payout. You might like to know that I’m building myself a nice atmospherically controlled wine cellar and tasting room (around 800 SF) in my basement with the junta $$$. Plus I ordered a 4 person Swedish Sauna to be built for my wife in the other 400SF. She can put her Peloton and such there too.

        I also want you to know the HCQ/Ivermectin treatments have me Fauxi Flu free as of yesterday. Sadly, evil asses still refuse to admit the usefulness of any therapeutic but “vaccines” so they let people die. My lovely sister gave me enough medicine kits to treat 6 more people. We must take care of our own since the demofascists are trying to kill us any way they can. It was a fair trade since I gave my niece 1000 rounds of 9mm ammo.

        BTW, Happy MLK Day to you too and a Merry, Merry Christmas!!!!

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Thousands of Afghan refugees WILL settle in St. Louis, where we welcome immigrants. We also have a vibrant Croatian diaspora here (some 50,000).

          Kye is a piece of shit, just like his mentor, that piece of shit known as Teach.

          • Dana says:

            Well, you kind of need them, to replace the 17,716 people who left the Gateway City between the 2010 (319,294) and 2020 (301,578) censuses. 5.55% of your people beat feet when even Philly gained population. I was going to say that, with your 63.92 per 100,000 homicide rate, that might be more dangerous than Kabul, but, since Afghanis are white and 92.00% of St Louis homicide victims are black, they won’t be in that much danger.

            As bad as Chicago (29.92) and Philadelphia (34.27) are, when they bragged about their murder rates, your hometown just said, “Hold my beer.”

            I know, I know: math is raaaaacist, so I hereby denounce myself.

          • Dana says:

            The magnanimous Mr Dowd wrote:

            Kye is a piece of shit, just like his mentor, that piece of shit known as Teach.

            If anyone is John’s/Hoagie’s/Kye’s mentor, that would be me; he was a commenter on my old blog, and still comes around, though, sadly, not as much since I have so few commenters. He learned of our host’s fine site through me.

            I do wonder why, though, if our host is such a “piece of [insert slang term for feces here]”

            1 – You keep coming back here; and
            2 – He allows you to keep coming back here to call him a “piece of [insert slang term for feces here]”.

            Normally, when you visit someone else’s house, you don’t pee on the carpet. Or, at least civilized people don’t.

            In “The Code” section of our host’s far right sidebar, Mr Teach says, “Ye can rant and rave at me, but be mostly polite to any other commentors. I will put up with quite a bit, but be mostly respectful to others.” Mr Teach doesn’t seem to enforce that, because he does, after all, believe in the freedom of speech — remember: his blog tagline states, “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all”. — but he has at least asked you to be “mostly respectful to others”.

          • Dana says:

            Our Gateway City commenter, visiting Mr Teach’s fine site:

      • Dana says:

        If indigenous means, as you have said, “produced, growing, living, or occurring natively or naturally in a particular region or environment,” then I am certainly an indigenous American. I was born here, my parents were born here, and my earliest American ancestor, Richard Warren, arrived on these shores 29 days short of 401 years ago; he was an original signer of the Mayflower compact.

        We didn’t immigrate to the United States; we created the United States!

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  7. david7134 says:

    Actually you are the moron. Your dates are way off. There is a though that man originated from Africa, but some authorities credit Asia. Kye is right about Indians coming from both Siberia and Europe, mostly by water craft, not some gap in glaciers. But 30,000 is way off, more like 60,000 or so. As to Europeans killing Indians, hell yea. We killed them and took their land, big fucking deal. If you are not strong enough to live in our midst, leave.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:


      Actually you are the moron. You and William Teach. By all means, supply the “correct” dates with citations.

      So Europeans were the Indigenous People of the Americas before they were in Europe??? We guess that makes sense if you don’t think about it.

      How will YOU protect yourself from the marauding hoard? YOU would count on the government – the police and the courts. Thank the gods that you’d have the government to save you. How will YOU keep someone from killing you and taking your land. If you’re not strong enough to live in our midst, leave.

      Anyway, moron, you exemplify the cruelty in the American right-wing that Traitor Don normalized. We bet you even call yourself a christian!

      Much like you and most nuCons, the early Yourapeein’ invaders considered the indigenous people of the Americas to be subhuman.

      • david7134 says:

        Your comments don’t make sense. Your second paragraph distorts what I said. Yes, some people’s arrived in America from tribes in what we call Europe. Try reading and I don’t mean internet crap.

        Are you trying to say that Indians were subhuman. Many thought that, such as Sherman and Sheridan, those are your hero’s.

        As to superior people, I do know that the people here are superior to you, is that what you are saying?

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          Great nickname you have there…


          “dog dookie”

          something worthless; garbage; nonsense.
          “what a load of dookie!”

          “Something worthless” sums up everything you type.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          How can we believe a word that “superior” people such as you, Kye and Teach say, since you all feel/believe that Traitor Trump won the election! It’s clear that even with your “superior” brains you guys are not thinking straight.

    • Jl says:

      When Columbus arrived the Native Americans that were here hadn’t even yet invented the wheel. This, roughly 5500 years after it was first used. Interesting..

  8. Kye says:

    The history of mankind is a history of expansion, exploitation, conquest and assimilation. Elwood is aware of that he just hates it when White people win. The fact that Whites and particularly Christian Whites created Western Civilization which has proven itself the greatest civilization of all makes us very lucky people to live within it and benefit from it. And Elwood hates us for it and hates America for being the exemplifier of it. We are the greatest and I’m not sorry Elwood hates that. It tickles me to watch him sputter and squirm over our cultural superiority and military prowess. For some reason he thinks it’s wrong for some people to be better than others but ya know what; tough titties that’s the way it is. Everywhere. In every country, culture, race and continent. People are not equal and never will be therefore their cultures, societies and accomplishments will never be equal either.

    This is also where we see the inherent problem of democracy. The basic premise of democratic systems is one man one vote. That means every vote is equal, which is another way of saying that every opinion is equally valid. In the political sense, it means the opinion of the bum counts the same as the opinion of the businessman who volunteers at the church on weekends. The bum’s vote counts for the same as the vote of the man committed to his community. Which is why the demofascists invest so much time in trying to get the bums to out vote the rest of us. They control the bums while they can’t control us. (However, with their new world election stealing they may not need those bums any more).

    Fundamentally, all forms of democracy are as hostile and contrary to the nature of man as all forms of communism. Both communism and democracy assume something about people that can never be true. That is, all men are equal. This is obviously false in the simplest organization and even more so in the most complex. Just as communism has always ended in disaster, democracy has always ended in murder. Both delusions are the fruit of the same poison tree named equality. All men are only equal in the Eyes of God. Not even in “American justice” are all men treated equal. The demofascists have even turned that into a lie!

    You can celebrate indigenous people’s day all you want but celebrating fuking loosers is NOT what America is all about. Americans celebrate winners. Columbus was a winner.

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