Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Michael Steele: Trump’s LeBron Tweet ‘Is Nothing Short of Racist’

Michael Steele: Trump’s LeBron Tweet ‘Is Nothing Short of Racist’

He first recapped the events of the past few days, in case anyone had not been following: On Friday, Trump had watched a rerun of an interview between Lemon and James to talk about a nonprofit school he just opened, during which the National Basketball Association star told the anchor: "Our president is kind of trying to divide us".

During the interview James said sports was something that unites Americans but that Trump "used sport to kind of divide us", drawing the retaliatory tweet from the president.

James is considered by many to be the greatest player in basketball history, rivaled by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

In the wide-ranging one-on-one interview which was first aired on Monday with a repeat broadcast on Friday, Lemon asked James: "What would you say to the [US] president if he was sitting right here?"

"Millions elected Trump to be their coach", Ingraham said after insulting James' intelligence. "And just as she always has, the first lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today".

As Lemon cycled through the outrage Trump's attacks caused over the weekend, he reminded viewers of the president's attacks on "low IQ" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) along with his birtherism against former President Barack Obama.

Earlier this week, James told CNN during an interview with Don Lemon that sport had offered him the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and race.

Watch Lemon's response to Trump above.

Last week, in an exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refused to decry Trump's mantra that the press is the enemy of the people, a statement that for many observers on both sides of the political spectrum has authoritarian overtones. Is he revealing who we really are? "The parents who can't honestly tell their children to be proud of the president of the United States. We need more like him in this world", she tweeted.

His comments come after a controversial offseason in which the NFL announced a policy that would require players to stand during the national anthem if they were on the field.

Conservative Anna Paulina, a fellow panelist (shown above, far left), then jumped in and tried bringing up the specific white people Trump has criticized.

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