Trump Insults Intelligence of LeBron, Don Lemon on Twitter

'Dumbest man on television' made LeBron James 'look smart,' president tweeted after CNN spot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2018 7:00 AM CDT
Trump Targets 2 on Twitter: LeBron and Lemon
LeBron James speaks at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Phil Long)

LeBron James was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon on Monday, and that interview re-aired Friday night, per CNN. One person who was apparently up late watching it: President Trump. Shortly before midnight, he made his thoughts known on what he thought of the LeBron-Lemon conversation. "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon," Trump tweeted. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. I like Mike!" CNN notes the final sentence was likely a reference to Michael Jordan. NBC News outlines some of the LeBron-Lemon discussion that may have ticked the president off, including James asserting that he thinks Trump uses sports to create divisive rifts. When Lemon asked James what he would say to Trump if he ever had the chance to sit across from him, James replied, "I would never sit across from him."

James also called the president a "bum" last September after Trump pulled an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House. The Hill notes that Trump has repeatedly targeted black athletes, as well as other prominent African-Americans like Maxine Waters, a point that didn't escape one well-known newscaster who railed against the president's latest tweet. "This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime?" Rather tweeted. "It's a disgrace. It's racist. And it's the product of petty but dangerous hatreds. I repeat this is the PRESIDENT??!?" Others online noted the school for at-risk kids James opened up just this week. Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker points out that before James started criticizing Trump, Trump used to be a fan. (More President Trump stories.)

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