Auburn coach Bruce Pearl dove head first into some murky political waters recently in response to comments made by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) concerning fossil fuels.
In what has become a viral moment, Tlaib asked JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon if his banks had any policies “against funding new oil and gas products.”
Dimon's response was an emphatic “no.”
“Absolutely not, and that would be the road to hell for America,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Not to be outdone, Tlaib hit back by saying all those who are getting student loan debt relief should close their accounts with JP Morgan since Dimon had criticized Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan earlier in the conversation.
“The fact that you’re not even there to help relieve many of the folks that are in debt, extreme debt, because of student loan debt and you’re out there criticizing it,” she said as her concluding remark to the CEO.
After watching a video of this exchange, Coach Pearl took to Twitter to give his hot take on the issue.
Like Gas Prices aren’t high enough? Is the Congresswoman from Michigan not at all concerned with how much it’s going to cost people to stay warm this winter? Let’s just let Russia and Iran take care of our fossil fuel needs?!A weaker USA is dangerous for the world! https://t.co/rNpJ5jFmjs— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) September 22, 2022
“Like Gas Prices aren’t high enough?” he wrote. “Is the Congresswoman from Michigan not at all concerned with how much it’s going to cost people to stay warm this winter? Let’s just let Russia and Iran take care of our fossil fuel needs?! A weaker USA is dangerous for the world!”
Pearl hasn't been shy about discussing other political issues, including foreign affairs. Following a recent visit abroad to Israel with his basketball team, he tweeted, "Peace through Prosperity for Israel and its Arabs neighbors is expanding! and Normalization of relations means let’s travel to each other’s countries and get to know one another! Let’s play some Ball!"
Pearl will be looking to lead Auburn basketball to another winning season after finishing last year with a record of 28–6.