Without mentioning the debate, Donald Trump was content to attack the personalities. “Lebron James was interviewed by the most stupid man on television, (CNN presenter) Don Lemon. He managed to make Lebron appear intelligent, which is not easy, “he tweeted. Lebron James was interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron smart look, which is not easy to do. I like Mike! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
In an interview with CNN conducted Tuesday but broadcast Friday evening, the new star of the Los Angeles Lakers accused the president of using the sport to “divide” Americans according to their skin color, after the controversy over the players of the NFL who kneel down during the national anthem. “I think our president is trying to divide,” said the new Lakers player in the CNN interview. “It’s something I can not understand, because I know it’s because of sport that I’ve been around a white guy for the first time,” said the 33-year-old native of London. Akron, working-class city of Ohio, in the north of the country.
For almost a year now, Donald Trump has been criticizing NFL players, mostly black, who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence. In May, the Republican billionaire had even said that these players “should perhaps not be in the country.” LeBron James, the most publicized player in the NBA, is a fierce opponent of President Trump. Asked what he would say if he sat down in front of him, James said, “I will never be sitting in front of him.”
“I will sit in front of Barack though,” he added, referring to former Democratic President Obama, whose campaigns he supported in 2008 and 2012. Before embarking on politics, Donald Trump appeared on Twitter as a big fan of LeBron James. In 2015 he praised him for a decisive basket by calling him a “fierce competitor who does not deflate under pressure”.