"Look, you've got rhetoric on both sides. You know, emotions on both sides of this thing ... To me, it's about allowing people to talk and getting together ... look, some of the issues — forget the methods of protest — but there are some legitimate issues, real legitimate things that have been in America for a long time ... I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist ... there's an element of racism that I didn't even know existed in this country. When I got those voicemails, I saved them."He also added:
"I didn't even tell LeBron this. Now he's gonna know. The thing is, I mean, some of the most disgusting things I've ever heard people say. And you could hear it in their voice ... the racism. It wasn't even really about the issue, and that's what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them."Gilbert's Quicken Loans donated $750,000 to Trumps's inauguration party. In June, Trump called Gilbert a "great friend" and "huge supporter" during a visit to the White House. Previously, Gilbert has also donated to Trump's GOP rival Chris Christie, as well as $75,000 to a Democratic fundraiser to Hilary Clinton and other candidates.