Trump’s Anti-LeBron Tweet Sparks Outcry on Both Sides of Political Aisle

Hoops icon gets mass support after president implies he’s dumb

Last Updated: August 4, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

People are choosing teams in the battle between President Trump and LeBron James — and it looks like the deck is stacked in favor of the basketball superstar, at least on Twitter.

After Trump tweeted on Friday that CNN’s Don Lemon — whom he called “the dumbest man on television” — “made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,” a groundswell of support quickly backed the newest Laker.

It came from all over, including Hollywood, where comedian Patton Oswalt said the president was going for the “most ratio’ed” tweet in history.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producer Ed Glavin tweeted sharply, “Lebron James represents the best of America. Donald Trump represents the worst of it.”

High-profile media people also sent James votes of confidence. HBO’s Bill Simmons called James a “smart dude” and blasted the “bulls–t tweet” from Trump that felt “more than a little racist.”

Dan Rather echoed a similar thought, saying the president’s actions were “a disgrace.”

“You aren’t fit to lace LeBron’s sneakers, and everybody knows it,” tweeted writer Molly Knight.

Trump said he liked “Mike,” as in Michael Jordan, in his dig against James. But Jordan sided with James on Saturday, saying he’s “doing an amazing job for his community,” according to NBC News.

Hillary Clinton — whom James stumped for in 2016 — came to the hooper’s defense as well, calling him a “great family man” and a “class act.”

Former chess champ Garry Kasparov said he heard similar disdain for athletes speaking out while growing up in the Soviet Union.

Many conservatives backed James, too, with Republican governor John Kasich saying, “we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids.”

If there’s support for the president insinuating James is dumb, we haven’t seen it. Because even President Trump at one time was a fan of James, calling him a “great guy” in 2013.