“Lebron (sic) James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted Friday evening.
The confrontation between President Donald Trump and LeBron James is intensifying.
“Lebron (sic) James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted Friday evening. “He made Lebron (sic) look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Trump is referencing James’ CNN interview with Lemon through which he stated the president is “using sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to. Sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings someone together.”
The interview was on Monday after James opened his I Promise School for third- and fourth-graders who’re falling behind their friends academically in his hometown of Akron.
James additionally stated he wouldn’t sit throughout from Trump, however he would with former President Barack Obama.
On Saturday morning, Lemon tweeted a hyperlink to his interview with James and this remark: “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest”
That was not the primary time James has been crucial of Trump. After Trump rescinded an invite for the Golden State Warriors to go to the White House, James referred to as the president a “bum.”
Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools, on Saturday morning was fast to defend James, whose basis labored with the district to open the brand new elementary faculty.
“I don’t know how anyone can look at what LeBron James has done to help us create this school — and prepare these children to flourish — and question his intelligence,” Williamson stated.
James hasn’t issued a retort on social media as of early Saturday morning.
But 1000’s of Twitter customers instantly jumped to the NBA star’s protection after Trump’s late-evening Twitter slam, posted shortly earlier than midnight.
@losmartinez1221 tweeted: “Some one is a little angry that his institution wasn’t applauded like @KingJames… You can’t put your ego away and actually respect an athlete with so much love for his hometown?? Come on man. You’ve got to go better than this.”
@coachlakeisha added: “He’s so dumb? He’s had 1 wife, is raising his kids, built a non profit, has given millions back to his community, opened a public school. While you sit on a burner phone and Tweet insults? Really POTUS that is the difference btwn adulthood & a preteen! Grow up”
Even some Trump supporters had been calling out the president on social media for the tweet.
“I support you but this is unacceptable, you need to apologize immediately,” @CantrellWesley wrote.
Many Twitter makes use of drew unflattering comparisons between the free, public Akron elementary faculty supported by James’ basis and the previous for-revenue Trump University.
@DarthHedrick tweeted, “LeBron started a school for disadvantaged youths, you started a University that was deemed Fraudulent! But go ahead finish your thought! #NeverTrump”
“I bet his school won’t get sued for fraud like Trump U,” wrote @caraleeacs.
Some deemed the president’s assault in opposition to two profitable African-American males racist.
“It’s telling that U have to constantly insult the intelligence of successful, self-made black people who weren’t, like ourself, born rich,” @brucewilson wrote in response to Trump’s tweet.
But some Twitter customers backed the president, stating he ended his tweet with “I like Mike!” — an obvious reference to NBA nice Michael Jordan.
“How is it racist?” @joeharvathjr requested. “You are making a race issue with this tweet where there is no evidence of it. He even said at the end I like mike which I’m not sure if you gathered is Michael Jordan.”