President Trump bashes LeBron James, CNN host Don Lemon after watching interview

President Trump bashes LeBron James, CNN host Don Lemon after watching interview

During the interview, James said conversations about race had "taken over" in part because "our president is kind of trying to divide us".

In that way, the issues intersect, but Trump and his conservative base have said the protest has shown disrespect for the flag and military, upturning the conversation into one about patriotism and sacrifice.

In the interview James and Lemon covered an array of topics, including Trump's presidency.

LeBron's on-court rivals Golden State Warriors are in the same camp with him as they have not been to the White House during their back-to-back championship wins in 2017 and 2018. Laker fans who spoke with Eyewitness News also felt the same way, often mentioning the school James opened and how he's impacted those kids' lives.

CNN took to Twitter to respond Saturday morning, referencing Melania Trump and suggesting that she decided the first couple's TV viewing Friday night.

James said Trump is creating a wedge by using situations like National Football League player Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem and "uninviting" NBA star Steph Curry to the White House.

While LeBron James is staying out of the fray and not responding to Donald Trump's insult, many of his supporters are showing their love for LeBron and his mission by making donations to the school.

President Donald Trump heads to a rally in Ohio today, a day after questioning Akron, Ohio hometown hero LeBron James's intelligence in a tweet. Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" It may be a reference to Michael Jordan, the NBA Hall-of-Famer whose legacy James is endlessly compared with.

The president jumped on the LeBron comments on Friday evening and let loose with a tweet. "I believe there's someone else out there".

Other players from around the league, including Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Utah's Donovan Mitchell, came to James' defense on social media. "I think at times he uses black athletes (as scapegoats)".

It is not the first time tensions have sprung up between LeBron and Trump.

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