It looks like Lebron James has pissed off President Donald Trump following his remarks in an interview earlier this week with CNN’s Don Lemon. The president responded by trashing the NBA superstar and Lemon in a tweet on Friday night.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” he tweeted.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
“Mike” is likely Hall of Fame basketball legend Michael Jordan.
In the interview, which aired earlier this week, James accused Trump of intentionally dividing the country.
“He’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us,” James said. “Sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings [people] together.”
The NBA star also said Trump has given people permission to be more vocal about their hatred toward others.
“The president in charge now has given people…..they don’t care now ― they throw it in your face now,” he said.
James has yet to react to Trump’s most recent tweet, but Lemon responded Saturday morning.
“Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?”
Lemon was referencing the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. He added the hashtag #BeBest, a reference to first lady Melania Trump’s initiative to support kindness and respect.
It’s been a big week for James, who fulfilled his promise to open a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. According to TIME, “the unusual school is a public school formed in collaboration between James’ philanthropic foundation and Akron Public Schools. Its out-of-the-box offerings include a long school day (eight hours); a ‘support circle’ for students after lunch; and GED courses and job placement for parents.”