President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize newly signed Laker LeBron James and the man who interviewed him on CNN, Don Lemon. Trump wrote, "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon". On Friday night Trump tweeted out that LeBron James was making CNN's Dom Lemon look smart which isn't easy to do. After throwing insults at both men, Trump also mentioned that he likes "Mike", which is nearly certainly a reference to Jordan. "He's doing an unbelievable job for his community".
Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, the Friday night tweet was Trump's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron. Among them, Michael Jordan's letter of support spoke the loudest.
"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this handsome country", James said.
Many tweeted both about separating children from their parents at the border, and of changes to how college students are treated and how their education is paid for. The school is aimed at providing comprehensive services for at-risk youth, and James is providing $8 million in funding for it through his LeBron James Family Foundation.
'LeBron puts children through school.
But the best laugh was reserved for the man who conducted the LeBron interview, suffering the worst of Trump's Twitter jab.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump's remarks.
But Lemon also discussed James's political awakening, driven by racial upheaval in the country and Trump's ongoing battle with Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest police killings of black men.
He suggested that since James no longer resides or represents a swing state in OH and has moved to the state of California which is essentially a lost cause, Trump can say what he feels. The comment came ahead of an important special election for a House seat in James' home state, and could add a meaningful obstacle to Republican efforts to retain control of Congress.