One of the programs that reportedly may be cut from President Trump’s budget is so near and dear to Jim Harbaugh that the Michigan coach has spoken out about its importance.
Harbaugh tweeted his hope that the Legal Services Corporation, a publicly funded but independently run nonprofit that provides legal assistance for low-income Americans, will not be defunded in the 2017 budget.
“LSC is CRUCIAL to making [the] justice system fair,” he tweeted. “#LSC matters.”
I hope reports that White House trying to defund Legal Services Corp aren't true. LSC is CRUCIAL to making justice system fair. #LSCmatters
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 28, 2017
Last April, Harbaugh, who is entering his third season as Michigan’s coach, was named to the Leaders Council of the LSC, which was created by Congress in 1974. The council, which includes Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, author John Grisham, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith and others, was created to “raise awareness of the country’s current crisis in legal aid,” LSC said last year.
The organization says that it provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
Harbaugh has not been vocal politically, but he did attend former president Barack Obama’s rally for Hillary Clinton in Ann Arbor last November. However, he stood with his arms at his side and did not applaud. He attended Obama’s final State of the Union address as a guest of Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Justin Amash, a Republican. In October, he met in the White House with the former president and Michelle Obama about a student-achievement initiative.
Last spring, Harbaugh, who, like the president, knows how to dominate a news cycle, pointed out a trait that he admired the Republican candidate.
Harbaugh on being called Trump of college football: "The thing I like about Donald Trump is he's not afraid to fight the establishment."
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) April 14, 2016