Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Donald Trump rips National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James hours before rally in Ohio

Donald Trump rips National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James hours before rally in Ohio

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Late Friday night, Trump tweeted about James' interview with Don Lemon on CNN.

Not one word or follow-up that takes issue with anything either man has actually said.

James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account.

Trump's tweet came after CNN re-aired a wide-ranging interview between James and Lemon that originally aired on Monday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not return a request for comment, nor did James's agency Klutch Sports Group. Laker fans who spoke with Eyewitness News also felt the same way, often mentioning the school James opened and how he's impacted those kids' lives. James' publicist declined to respond to Trump's tweet, but Lemon did, invoking both the administration's forced-family-separations policy and first lady Melania Trump's social media etiquette campaign.

When asked what he would say to Trump if they were to sit face-to-face, James said, "I would never sit across from him".

The most famous basketball player in the world-and also, the most talented-ripped Trump last season after he rescinded a White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. He has continued to attack the players, who are protesting racial inequality and police brutality, tweeting in July that the "NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again".

And so, a miffed Trump fired back. "LeBron just pledged millions for a school for underprivileged kids". I know why. Some of y'all need to start believing what he is showing you.

CNN's Lemon and Don Rather have since responded to the inflammatory remarks by Trump, Rather calling the president a disgrace and Lemon questioning who the "real dummy" is. By the way, all-around he's better than Michael Jordan. "They always use it to say 'OK, this is even more motivation, this is even more a way for me to even be more powerful.' And they're the reason why we are here today".

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