Michael Jordan throws his support behind LeBron James after Trump jibe

Cristina Cross
August 4, 2018

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. In June, James said of Trump that "it's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel that he's for".

James' tweet is especially relevant because the CNN interview Trump was referencing when he disparaged James and Lemon was specifically about LeBron's new school.

Others have pointed out that Trump's tweet, by comparing James to "Mike" - that is, Michael Jordan - had racial overtones.

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The CNN interview aired on Monday, after James opened his school for disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

James complained in the interview that Trump was trying to divide the country through athletics. Lemon nor James has responded to Trump's tweet. The President ended his tweet with the seemingly unrelated exclamation of "I like Mike!"

The tweet came after James said during the interview that Trump is using sports to try and "divide" the US.

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Some say it's just Trump being Trump.

Now a 33-year-old man, with two sons and a daughter, James has more pantries, and more refrigerators, than he'd ever dreamed of as the child of a single teen mom living the "everyday struggle" in Akron, Ohio.

Trump and James have long traded jibes on social media. "Going to White House was a great honour until you showed up!"

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LeBron has yet to speak out about Donald's latest slamming tweet but it will be interesting to see what he says, if anything! Last September he called Trump a "bum" after the president appeared to disinvite the National Basketball Association championship-winning Golden State Warriors from a traditional White House visit because one of their stars, Stephen Curry, criticised Trump. The school will be created to benefit at-risk children. James also matter-of-factly stated to Lemon that he would never sit across from Trump, but definitely would sit around with former President Barack Obama. "For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares".

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