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
Lakers executive Jeanie Buss and former Trump opponent Hillary Clinton have joined a parade of NBA players applauding James for his community efforts that include funding and opening an Akron, Ohio public school for at-risk elementary students.
Melania Trump breaks ranks with Donald Trump
But perhaps nobody’s support stands out at much as that of First Lady Melania Trump, who broke from her husband’s obtuse criticism of James with a public statement acknowledging James’ efforts in the community.
NEW: from Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham:
“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today”
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 4, 2018
It’s not the first time Melania has broken ranks with her husband. In June she issued a statement at odds with the Trump administration’s policy of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally declaring that she “hates” to see children separated at the border.
There’s no reasonable room to find criticism of James spending his time and money working to educate children, and Melania, like many others, appears to have reached that conclusion in light of her husband’s Twitter statement.
Trump seized on opportunity to attack media and sports
Trump’s attack stems from James’ criticism of the president during a CNN interview with Don Lemon about the opening of his “I Promise” school.
From free uniforms and transportation to college tuition guaranteed for all graduates. LeBron James takes CNN's Don Lemon on an exclusive tour of his new 'I Promise' school https://t.co/roRxI7qlZl pic.twitter.com/Q1nc62asZe
— CNN (@CNN) July 31, 2018
“We’re in a position right now in America where this whole race thing is taking over,” James said. “One, because I believe our president is trying to divide us. He’s dividing us, and what I’ve noticed over the last few months is that he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us.”
It’s not the first time James has publicly criticized Trump. The combination of James’ repeated criticism and CNN, a frequent punching bag in the president’s ongoing war on the media, appeared to be too tempting for Trump to resist as he continually seeks opportunities to drive wedges among the U.S. populous on fronts of race, culture and politics.
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