Celebs – and the first lady – are reacting to President Trump’s tweet about LeBron James, and no one’s happy

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LeBron James (Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images)
LeBron James (Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has tweeted an attack against NBA player LeBron James, and it’s not going over well. Celebrities and political commentators are coming to the defense of the Los Angeles Laker, who is working to open a school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

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Trump’s tweet is a reaction to a conversation CNN journalist Don Lemon had with James this week. As CNN explained, the interview originally aired Monday, but the network aired it again on Friday, which appears to be when the president saw it. In his tweet, Trump called Lemon “the dumbest man on television.” And to make things even worse, he ended the tweet with an apparent reference to Michael Jordan, writing “I like Mike.”

The president’s tweet didn’t sit well with fans of James and Lemon — and with people who don’t understand where the president’s words are coming from. James’s work with the I Promise School is undoubtedly a good thing. Many people, including celebrities, politicians, and political commentators, found Trump’s tweet frustrating, to say the least.

Even the first lady, Melania Trump, weighed in, seemingly distancing herself from her husband’s tweet and offering to visit the school James is opening in Ohio.

Melania Trump (Photo: Getty Images)
Melania Trump (Photo: Getty Images)

“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the first lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron.”

Plenty of stars, like Mia Farrow and Adam Rippon, as well as journalists suggested that Trump’s criticism of Lemon and James may have been racially motivated too.



Other athletes and journalists tweeted messages of support for James. Even Ohio Gov. John Kasich weighed in — and he stated that James is “better than Michael Jordan” too.


As Yahoo! Sports reported, Trump has praised James in the past, which makes his recent tweet even more confusing. In a 2013 tweet, Trump called James “a great player and a great guy.” But that was before James said Trump was “trying to divide us” during the CNN interview.

“Sports has never been something that divided people,” James told Lemon. “It’s always been something that brings someone together.”

James has also been critical of Trump before the interview with Lemon, calling the president a “bum” for taking back the White House’s invitation for the NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, to visit.

CNN also issued a response to the president’s tweet, via its official communications Twitter. The CNN tweet suggested that it was first lady Melania Trump’s idea to watch the interview on Friday night. The network’s tweet also included the hashtag #BeBest, which some people saw as a clapback against the president’s original message.


Lemon responded on Twitter too, writing, “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?”

But it looks like the president’s tweet isn’t getting to James. On Saturday afternoon, he shared a tweet from the I Promise School, but didn’t mention Trump’s words.


It looks like James and Lemon really are choosing to “be best,” rather than getting into a further argument with the president. No matter what Trump says about him, James will keep up his work with the new school, which might just make him the best after all.

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