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Archived: Trump Tries to Belittle LeBron James with Hateful Tweet, Social Media Users Defend the NBA Star and Philanthropist

The president of the United States has again taken to Twitter to try and demean anyone who disagrees with his policies and practices. This time, his target was NBA superstar LeBron James, who recently addressed Trump’s influence on sports.


CNN’s Don Lemon sat down with James for an interview, which aired on Monday. James spoke of sports as something that unites people, and added that Trump was “using sports to kinda divide us.”

Trump repeatedly criticizes the NFL, in particular, for not punishing the predominantly Black players who kneel during the national anthem in a form of protest against police brutality, even referring to them as “sons of b**ches.”

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“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James said during the interview. “It’s always been something that brings [people] together.”

Late Friday night, Trump sent a tweet in an attempt to belittle James and Lemon:

Social media users gave swift responses to Trump’s tweet. Even former CIA Director John O. Brennan chimed in.

Brennan said Trump is no role model and spews lies”:

Twitter users also pointed out that Trump insulted James’ intelligence, but made no mention of the fact that the athlete and philanthropist just opened an I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio, to help students who have been failed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children. James donated $8 million of his own money.

James, who is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, hasn’t responded to Trump on Twitter.

Related Story: LeBron James, Once Told to ‘Shut Up and Dribble,’ Is a Black Athlete Who Stays Woke While Managing His Success

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