Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, Trump's tweet was the president's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Showtime president and CEO David Nevins announced the news at the TCA summer press tour on Monday. She vanished from sight amid renewed scrutiny of her husband's alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels.
But the attack on James, who was critical of Trump while being interviewed by another black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle.
Mr. Trump responded by taking a shot at Mr. James' and Mr. Lemon's intelligence while seemingly choosing Mr. Jordan in the ongoing debate about whether Mr. James or Mr. Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
James spoke to Lemon from his new "I Promise school", which will support at-risk students in his native Akron, Ohio. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. "So to even enter this space the way the president did is insulting in that sense".
Lemon concluded by lamenting that Trump's conduct and attacks on James reflect a dark underbelly of American society where racial minorities get antagonized by their fellow citizens while the president seems to encourage such behavior. In June, the ever-responsive Grisham told reporters that the first lady "hates to see children separated from their families", a statement issued during the throes of the firestorm created by the Trump administration's enforcement of a policy that was tearing migrants' families apart at the southern border.