United States First Lady Melania Trump, celebrities, National Basketball Association players and even media men came in defense of LeBron James against insulting statements coming from American President Donald Trump.
Though Grisham refused to comment on the report directly, she said the first lady watches “any channel she wants”.
On Saturday night, the president took to Twitter to bash James following a Monday night interview James did with CNN’s Don Lemon. LeBron was on the network to discuss his recently opened I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Trump is traveling to OH on Saturday for a campaign rally.
Mr. Trump tweeted, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon”.
Trump also suggested he prefers basketball legend Michael Jordan to James, a possible reference to the keen debate about which of the two men is the better player. Trump tweeted in 2013 to call James a “great guy” after he won 2013’s Athlete of the Year ESPY award. According to The Guardian, the First Lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham released a statement the next day showing support for James. “He’s doing an fantastic job for his community”, the Chicago Bulls legend said.
James has always been critical of Trump.
Trump traveled to a high school north of Columbus for a political rally Saturday night.
A Monmouth University poll released this past week showed the central OH race tightening, leaving Republican Troy Balderson with just a 1-point edge, well within the error margin.
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. In the full interview, James says, “I believe out President is trying to divide us”. It’s clear people have LeBron James’ back – even Melania Trump defied her husband to express her support for the would-be subject of his bully tweets.
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?”