UNITED STATES—After NBA star LeBron James accused President Donald Trump of using sports to divide people in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Trump responded with a tweet.
In the interview with Lemon, James said, “He’s dividing us. And what I noticed over the last few months is that he’s kind of used sports to divide us. And that’s something I can’t relate to because I know that sports was the first time I was around someone white.” James later continued, “I would never sit across from him [President Trump].”
Trump tweeted, “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Trump tweeted his response hours before his rally in Ohio.
Michael Jordan later stated, “I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Trump’s response transpired as James opened his “I Promise” school. The school provides underprivileged kids with free tuition, free food, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron upon graduation, among more. The school allows for families to receive GEDs and to be placed in job placement programs.
This is not the first time James has been criticized by the press. Earlier this year, Laura Ingraham said James should, “shut up and dribble” and called him a, “dumb jock.”
Ingraham was speaking in response to an interview of LeBron James and Kevin Durant by Cari Champion. James said, “The number one job in America, the point of person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really doesn’t give a f*ck about the people.” James continued, “It’s not even a surprise when he says something. It’s not even a surprise. It’s like laughable…and it’s scary.”
The four time NBA MVP has repeatedly taken jabs at Trump. In 2017, James called Trump a “bum” on social media.
Dinesh D’Souza, conservative commentator, supported Trump. He tweeted, “LeBron throws a punch at Trump. Trump punches back, sending him to the canvas. LeBron’s supporters start wailing. How pathetic!”
Republican Governor of Ohio John Kasich chimed in, when he tweeted, “Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids.” By the way, all-around he’s better than Michael Jordan. That’s a fact.”
On a Fox News panel on August 5, Trump’s response prompted a discussion. Molly Hemingway, of The Federalist, said, “A lot of people don’t like to see their President going after athletes. They also don’t like to see athletes going after their President and we see a little bit of unevenness in the coverage. But I felt kind of bad, he [Trump] really gave it to Don Lemon. And a lot of people in the media, including some of his [Trump’s] own colleagues, only focused on what he said about LeBron James. Maybe both of them needed a defense.”