Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight had a tense exchange with CNN host John Berman over his support for Donald Trump Wednesday, at one point sarcastically calling Berman a “genius” for his aggressive questions.
Knight, who coached the University of Indiana to three national championships, endorsed Trump last month and appeared alongside him at several Indiana campaign events. The beloved but volatile Hoosier figure called Trump the “most prepared” person ever to be president, and Trump rolled to victory in Tuesday night’s Indiana primary to effectively wrap up the GOP nomination.
“Coach, Donald Trump also no stranger to controversy. Neither are you, for that matter, but Donald Trump has made a lot of controversial proposals, a lot of controversial statements,” Berman said. “Among other things, he says he wants to temporarily ban Muslims from coming into the United States. Does that concern you?”
“Well, no,” Knight said. “I mean, I don’t even know what controversial means.”
“Well, a lot of people think banning Muslims from coming into the United States is controversial,” Berman said. “It’s un-American to prevent people from coming into the United States based on religion.”
“Well, that’s OK,” Knight said. “That really doesn’t mean anything to me right now, because we’re talking about a guy that I think can handle things far better than anything that we’ve had recently. Tell you one thing about Donald Trump. There will never be a Benghazi in a Donald Trump administration.”
Knight said he had never seen such incompetence in his lifetime regarding the terrorist attack, but Berman shot back that Trump had no military experience and had “known failure” through misfired business ventures.