Donald Trump, increasingly unhinged and unfiltered, ripped into a Twitter attack late on Friday late, suggesting NBA star and Ohio hero LeBron James and CNN host Don Lemon aren’t intelligent.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” the childish president wrote. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
Trump’s attacks come after the NBA star told Lemon that this president is using sports to divide America when they should be about bringing people together.
In an interview with the CNN anchor, James explained how life in the world of sports has changed him for the better and brought him closer to his white teammates.
LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump’s trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Watch 10pET https://t.co/koTK4RarqE pic.twitter.com/CQYsTz2Fzl
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
LeBron James has done more for education than Betsy DeVos
The president’s latest petty attack on a high-profile African American completely ignores the fact that the NBA star just opened up his “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio – a model for education that many believe should be nationalized.
The school provides free tuition, free uniforms, a free bike and helmet, free transportation within two miles, free lunch, breakfast and snacks, a food pantry for families, GED and job placement services for parents, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates.
A smart and compassionate president would commend what the NBA superstar has done, or even reach out to him to see how such a program can be implemented for more communities across America.
Of course, a smart and compassionate president Trump is not.
Instead of insulting one of Ohio’s favorite sons hours before a campaign stop in the state – if anything, that would qualify as dumb – Trump should be paying attention to what LeBron James is doing to transform education and help families in northeast Ohio.
Betsy DeVos – a woman who has demonstrated complete incompetence and ineptitude as Trump’s education secretary – should probably be paying attention, too.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.