Unlike Trump, first lady has kind words for LeBron James

Trump Targets LeBron James, Don Lemon on Twitter After CNN Interview Airs

National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to LeBron James' defense on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player's intelligence in a tweet.

The rally comes hours after Trump denounced arguably Ohio's favorite native son, basketball superstar LeBron James, who just opened a school for underprivileged children there. The communications director added that the first lady would be open to visiting LeBron's new school in Akron.

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

The first lady's office was asked by news organizations [sic] for comment.

On Saturday night, the president took to Twitter to bash James following a Monday night interview James did with CNN's Don Lemon.

CNN noted that Trump's pattern of attacking well-known African-Americans as having "low IQs" echoes the white nationalist view that blacks are genetically less intelligent than white folks.

This weekend's controversy was just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Aug. 4 2018 in Lewis Center Ohio
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Aug. 4 2018 in Lewis Center Ohio

"I support LeBron James", he said through a spokesman.

However, Jordan also expressed support for James. "He's kind of used sport to divide us, and that's something I can't relate to".

While many former and current professional athletes jumped to James' defense, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman noted that the first lady's Be Best initiative for children promoted "the importance of responsible online behavior" as well as their well-being and healthy living.

In a surprising statement released after Trump's tweet, his wife Melania said that she'd be " open to visiting" the school while applauding James for what he's done. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" he posted, referring to a school that James has started for at-risk children in his hometown and the Trump administration policy of separating children from families crossing into the USA illegally.

Ben Maller thinks that the reaction to this tweet is overblown.

Earlier this week, James told CNN during an interview with Don Lemon that sport had offered him the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and race. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts them in cages?" and included a link to his interview with James.

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