On Twitter, President Donald Trump often likes to play the troll.
Like most trolls, often he just misses the mark. As with this Tweet Friday night after he clearly watched a CNN re-broadcast of an interview earlier in the week.
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
This was obviously another dig at CNN (a staple of the president), but Trump threw in a shot at LeBron for good measure. So many thoughts about this.
• Lemon interviewed LeBron about his opening of the “I Promise” school in Akron where LeBron, through the non-profit he funds, donated tens of millions of dollars to build a public school that would help the most disenfranchised in his hometown. It’s a school that is offering each child that goes there more than just an education, but a bicycle to help get to school (or free transportation within two miles), free tuition, free meals at the school and a stocked pantry student’s working parents get healthy, discounted meals on the table, free tuition to the University of Akron for any student who graduates, and much more.
Anyone who does this — Democrat, Republican, black, white, Latino, gay, straight, etc. — should be praised, and to take a dig at them in an interview about it comes off as shallow.
• LeBron’s effort stands in stark contrast to Trump University.
• Anybody who has spoken to or gotten to know LeBron knows he is smart. He is thoughtful. You don’t have to like all of the decision’s he’s made, we can debate where he fits on the court and in the game’s pantheon, but that’s different than saying he’s not intelligent. He is. It’s not a debate.
• It’s okay to like Mike and still respect/like LeBron. As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently said, “This isn’t Highlander. There can be more than one.”
• This is obviously Trump taking a shot at LeBron for saying that the President is trying to divide us with sports. Thing is, LeBron is right.
• Joe Vardon who covers the Cavaliers for The Athletic makes a good point.
You know what’s interesting about Trump ripping LeBron now? For the first part of his presidency, LeBron lives in Ohio, which Trump needs. Now Bron lives in Cali, which Trump doesn’t need because he can’t win there. Thus, Trump rips LeBron for the first time tonight
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) August 4, 2018
LeBron is still popular in Ohio.
• Going at LeBron and the NBA will not work for the president the way going at NFL players and that league does. It’s not that LeBron may choose to fire back (he has called the President a “bum” before but may well remain silent here), it’s that the NBA fan base will nod in agreement if he or anyone else does take a shot at Trump. The NBA fan base is much younger, more diverse, and more urban than the NFL’s, which is not exactly the core Trump demographic. The league does not have nearly the same overlap with the Trump base as the NFL does.
NBA fans and players are going to come to LeBron’s defense.
A sign of an insecure human being is one who attacks others to make themselves feel better… im just sad that young kids have to see stupid tweets like these and grow up thinking it’s okay… forget everything else Donald your setting a bad example for kids😑 our future 🤡 https://t.co/eg0MECg8xC
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 4, 2018
So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown? Shut your damn mouth! Stop using them twitter fingers and get stuff done for our country with that pen. https://t.co/sEkX3OKaJM
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) August 4, 2018
He’s gotta go! https://t.co/rujnO4rbYH
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 4, 2018
I've been silent about ALL of the DUMB stuff this man has tweeted but THIS is attacking the NBA brotherhood and I'm not rollin'! What an embarrassment… https://t.co/zHjgokig8R
— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) August 4, 2018
One had every advantage. The other had the opposite. Today more than ever one stands taller than the other. Literally and figuratively. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/TAXaJyrGI1
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 4, 2018
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? It's a disgrace. It's racist. And it's the product of petty but dangerous hatreds. I repeat this is the PRESIDENT??!? https://t.co/MA8nZUxFc7
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 4, 2018
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) August 4, 2018
I could go on, but you get the point. The NBA’s fan base largely views Trump differently than parts of the NFL’s, and in the NBA the players have the power in the relationship, not the owners looking to appease the President.