Reaction pours in as President Trump insults LeBron James’ intelligence after CNN interview

first_imgWhat happens when the president goes after the King on Twitter?A social media whirlwind.While President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy while tweeting, he struck a nerve in the sports world over the weekend after questioning the intelligence of Lakers star LeBron James. The tweet came on the heels of a CNN interview with Don Lemon in which James criticized Trump of using sport “to divide us.”Trump went at both men’s intellect with this tweet: “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!” If Michael Jordan joins twitter just to verbally smack down Trump for mentioning him in a tweet against LeBron James, the NBA should give MJ another ring.— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) August 4, 2018 The timing of Trump’s tweet may not have been accidental: The president attended a rally of his supporters in Ohio not long after firing off at James. But critics targeted Trump for criticizing James just as he was celebrating a philanthropic achievement.Tweeted Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns: “So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown? Shut your damn mouth! Stop using them twitter fingers and get stuff done for our country with that pen.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers While James didn’t tweet any direct response about Trump or the tweet, Lemon was more willing to engage in kind: “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?” This week LeBron opened a school for hundreds of at-risk kids while Donald Trump’s education secretary attempts to undo college loan forgiveness for students who were “knowingly deceived” by their schools and rolls back Obama-era guidelines on discrimination in schools.— TV’s Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) August 4, 2018center_img James has been in the limelight for the past week since opening the I Promise School, a public school for elementary-school age at-risk children in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. Outside of the classroom, the school offers extra supportive amenities: a longer school year, a food pantry for underprivileged families and counseling for issues beyond academics, among others.The LeBron James Family Foundation was the largest donor for the school, and James himself headlined the opening on Monday. His foundation is involved with several other education initiatives, including funding up to 1,000 college scholarships for children to attend the University of Akron. Before LeBron criticized him, @realDonaldTrump was a fan. pic.twitter.com/tAOj5fYcG5— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 4, 2018 James’ beefs with Trump are not new. James has referred to Trump as a “bum” in social media, and said earlier this year that Trump “doesn’t give a f*** about the people” in a video interview for Uninterrupted, his own website. That sparked a now-famous comment from conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham for James to “shut up and dribble” — which James vowed again this week that was advice he wouldn’t follow.“I have a voice, I have a platform,” James said in an interview with ESPN. “When you see something that’s unjust and you see something that’s wrong and you see something that’s trying to divide us as a race or as a country, then I feel like my voice can be heard and speak volumes.”For his own part, Trump (a former USFL team owner) has put athletes in his scope more often since his presidency, with notable feuds with NFL players over kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence. Trump has sparked controversy with the NBA as well, going after the Golden State Warriors after they said they would not visit the White House following their championships. He’s called NFL players “sons of bitches” at a rally, stoking controversies to higher levels.But after Trump directly went after James, even some of those closest to him broke rank. First Lady Melania Trump released a statement to The Associated Press, saying James is “working to do good things on behalf of our next generation.” Michael Jordan, who appeared to be referenced in the final sentence of Trump’s tweet, also released a statement to multiple media outlets saying, “I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also responded with this statement:“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family. He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”Twitter Reaction: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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