President Donald Trump usually waits until morning to bash people on Twitter. Evidently, he was up late watching CNN last night, and took aim at LeBron James.
The NBA superstar has been in the headlines for all the right reasons as of late. This week, he officially opened his foundation’s “I Promise” School in Akron.
The public school aims to help at-risk students, with an extended schedule. He has also pledged full tuition for those who graduate to attend the University of Akron.
The new Los Angeles Laker has been widely praised by those in the NBA, and around the country for this amazing effort. Last night, he appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and drew the ire of Trump.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
James has been a regular critic of the president. He also campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Ohio during the 2016 campaign.
At the end of Trump’s tweet about LeBron James, he makes a reference to the never-ending LeBron vs. Michael Jordan debate.
Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, released a very brief statement after the late night Trump tweet.
As usual, he tries to avoid getting political, but does lend support for James without directly addressing Trump at all.
Via NBC News’ Geoff Bennett:
NEW: Jordan sides with James over Trump tweet. NBA legend Michael Jordan tells NBC News through a spokesperson: “I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) August 4, 2018
Jordan is famous for the quote “Republicans buy sneakers too,” though it has never really been verified if he actually said it. He has been slightly more outspoken on issues over the last few years.
In July 2016, he announced $1 million donations to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund through a statement to The Undefeated.
Last September, he supported the NFL players who chose to protest during the national anthem ahead of games. Via The Washington Post:
“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized,” he said in a statement. “At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division. I support Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA, its players and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech.”
This latest statement doesn’t reach the levels of those two from the past few years, but it is something, I guess.
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