US women's basketball coach: In 'Trumpian era,' sexism OK
© Getty Images

The U.S. women's Olympic basketball coach blames the "Trumpian era" in dismissing those who would argue that the dominance of the American team is somehow bad for the sport.

"We live in that Trumpian era where it’s OK to be sexist and degrade people that are good, just because they’re the opposite sex," Geno Auriemma told reporters earlier this week.

ADVERTISEMENT

"We are what we are. We’re never going to apologize for being that good. We’re never going to apologize for setting a standard that other people aspire to achieve," Auriemma added.

Auriemma's remark came after the U.S. women's 110-84 win over Serbia; he was asked about those wondering about the dominance of the U.S. women's team but not the men's team.

The coach also mentioned Michael Phelps's performance in the pool as well as claims surrounding the dominance of the UConn women's basketball team.

"What’s bad for women’s basketball is when nobody’s great, because then you could say, “You know what? I don’t think anybody really knows how to play this game,'" he said.

Auriemma is a sports hero in Connecticut, a deep-blue state where GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE is slated to speak Saturday. Auriemma has led the Huskies women's basketball team to 11 Division I national championships.