CNN Don Lemon one-on-one interview with NBA star Lebron James

Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2018 12:58 pm
NBA star LeBron James discusses the 2018 political climate and the opening of his new school in Ohio,
along with the power sports have to bring people together.

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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2018 06:06 pm
Michael Jordan, Melania Trump praise LeBron James after Donald Trump insults him on Twitter.

Trump blasted James late Friday after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. Although James has long been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.

The tweet also came hours before Trump traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a rally north of town in support of the Republican in a special U.S. House election on Tuesday, turning his criticism of James into an attack on a favorite son of the state.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon," Trump posted. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."

Trump then, unexpectedly, appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing "I like Mike!"

Many former and current professional athletes, including Jordan, jumped to James' defense.

"I support LeBron James. He's doing an amazing job for his community," Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.

Trump has long denounced the media — CNN in particular — and rarely lets a slight go unnoticed. But the attack on James, who was being interviewed by another black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle. He routinely deems Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who is also black, as "low IQ" — an insult he repeated during the Ohio rally Saturday night.

Ohio Gov. Josh Kasich, a Republican who at times criticizes Trump, tweeted: "Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids."

Trump has repeatedly been questioned about his views on race, from deeming many Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his campaign kickoff speech for the Republican presidential nomination to placing blame on "both sides" for the violent clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago.

James, who campaigned for Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and has not been shy about using his celebrity for social causes, did the interview from the public school he opened, called the "I Promise" school. Every student receives free tuition, as well as free food, a uniform and even a free bike.

In the interview, James said he "would never sit across" from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama. James' publicist declined to respond to Trump's tweet, but early Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the "I Promise" school and said: "Let's get it kids!! Love you guys."

Lemon responded to the president, invoking both the administration's forced-family-separations policy and Mrs. Trump's social media etiquette campaign.

"Who's the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest" Lemon tweeted.

James played for over a decade — and in two stints — with the Cleveland Cavaliers and delivered a title to the championship-starved region in 2016. Although he departed for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, the superstar remains very popular in the Buckeye State, and Trump's attack could be a gift for the Democrat in Tuesday's special congressional race.

"I don't have to tell (asterisk)anyone(asterisk) what LeBron James means to Ohio," tweeted Democrat Danny O'Connor, who was running against state Sen. Troy Balderson.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump's remarks. But even some Trump allies chided him.

Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump "turned other cheek re @KingJames & @donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that @POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they're both sincere & intelligent men. LeBron just pledged millions for a school for underprivileged kids."

Along with Jordan, a number of other athletes spoke out in support of James.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: "It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS to take racist shots at D. Lemon and Lebron James." NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns wrote: "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?"

Before entering politics, Trump frequently praised James and his own family tried to recruit him to the New York Knicks in 2010. But commenting on someone's intelligence, including his own, has long been a Trump trope. He has been criticized for complimenting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ("smart cookie") and Russian President Vladimir Putin ("very smart") and has been known to praise himself as "a very stable genius."

But he also uses "stupid" — or variations thereof — as a favored insult. He has used it to describe the FBI, the NFL, Democrats, the filibuster, the nation's immigration laws, journalists, trade policies and how the nation's leaders have dealt with topics like Iraq, Muslims, Canada and China.

He also, after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called him a "moron," challenged his own Cabinet member to an IQ test.

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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2018 06:37 pm
First Lady Melania Trump breaks with president, joins Michael Jordan and sports figures in backing LeBron James

Melania Trump said NBA star LeBron James is doing 'good things' in his community, effectively backing him in a war of words against the president.
"Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron," a statement read.

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Count Melania Trump among those supporting Lebron James in his heated war of words with the president.

In a volley of late-night tweets, President Donald Trump publicly questioned the intelligence of NBA star LeBron James, who has yet to respond publicly. The leader of the free world effectively reignited a bitter feud between the two that began last fall. Earlier this week, James was interviewed by CNN, during which time the player renewed his critique of Trump as "using sports to kinda divide people."

In a statement released by her spokeswoman, the first lady believed the 3-time NBA champion "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."

As was the case last fall, a slew of sports figures — including basketball legend Michael Jordan, who Trump name-checked in his Twitter tirade — have rallied to James' defense. One of those was Stephen Curry, who tweeted his support for his erstwhile opponent in the NBA Finals, as well as the owner of the Lakers.

The statement from Melania Trump also promoted campaign against child cyber bullying, and said the first lady was "open" to the prospect of visiting James' school for low-income youth, which he announced this week.

In a separate statement issued on Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers CEO and owner Jeanie Buss said that the team "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."

Below is the full statement from Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokesperson:

"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. As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron. "
Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2018 08:07 am
Condemnation directed at the president for slighting the basketball star was loud and came from a variety of critics.

Former CIA Director John Brennan expressed disgust at Trump’s tweet, writing on Twitter early Saturday that no “right-thinking adult can point to @realDonaldTrump as a role model for our youth.”

“Whenever he spews lies, insults, and polarizing hate speech against fellow Americans, think of its harmful impact on our young people and the way they talk, act, & treat others.”

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Reply Sat 25 Aug, 2018 06:47 pm
As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living,

I hope Melania visits Vietnam to talk to the children of USA Agent Orange and then to Iraq where she can talk to the half a million children murdered by the US planned genocide, ... opps, I guess it's too late for them.
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Reply Sat 25 Aug, 2018 06:54 pm
Don't you think that would be a warm and generous act, nb? She could swing by Korea to check on all the children who died when the US saturation bombed and murdered some 15% of the people of the north.
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