Trump mocks LeBron James in Twitter rant over CNN interview

06 August, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • LeBron James during the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School

President Donald Trump fired off on Twitter Friday night, targeting Los Angeles Laker LeBron James over his interview earlier in the week with CNN's Don Lemon.

"What I've noticed over the past few months [is] he's kind of used sports to kind of divide us", James told CNN's Don Lemon on Monday. On Saturday, Melania's spokesperson said that the First Lady supports the good work that LeBron has been doing.

During the interview, James also discussed a new school he has opened for underprivileged children in his home town in OH, which offers free meals and bikes to students, as well as job placement assistance for parents and an on-site food bank.

James also talked about social issues and Trump's comments about sports in the past. CNN host Don Lemon, also a target in Trump's tweet, made reference to the ill-fated campaign in a tweet on Saturday.

James has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past, and though Trump has sung James' praises many times, he took a completely different tone Friday.

Many tweeters suggested that Trump may have held out from criticising James until he moved away from OH, which is a crucial swing state for the President.

For all the good LeBron James did this week with the opening of the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, for at-risk students, he's simultaneously embroiled in a bit of controversy.

When asked what he would say to Trump if he was sitting right here, James said, "I would never sit across from him".

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While James has not yet commented on Mr. Trump's insult, other National Basketball Association players came out in support of him.

"I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Trump thinks African-Americans are dumb", Tweeted political writer Max Boot.

James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account.

"I support LeBron James", he said.

James has always been critical of Trump. The basketball star recently opened an I Promise School for low income and at-risk kids in OH, inspired by his own upbringing.

And all of this was in ideal timing to of Trump's rally in Delaware County, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

"Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up!" Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

This isn't the first time James has spoken out about POTUS.

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