NBA Players Back LeBron In Controversy Over Trump Tweet On Intelligence

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"So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you anxious about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?"

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Trump critic who ran against the businessman for the 2016 Republican nomination, entered the fray, tweeting, "Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids".

President Trump at a rally in Pennysylvania earlier this week.

He said: "While we cannot change what comes out of that man's mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us that this is not the way".

It looks like President Donald Trump, 72, is ready for another celebrity Twitter feud! Last September, James took to Twitter to drag the president for lashing out at Warriors guard Steph Curry for refusing to visit the White House after winning the championship.

And of course, no cycle of Trump shade is complete without Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, weighing in with a deep cut from his archives.

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Los Angeles' newest celebrity was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon on Monday after his LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public Schools launched a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown. In June, James said of Trump that "it's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel that he's for". Afterward, Trump announced that neither team was invited.

After Trump's late-night tweet, the internet seethed at him.

"For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?" he said. And I realized "this is all because of sports'". "I couldn't let that happen".

The "Mike" comment is a reference to Michael Jordan, who LeBron is trying to usurp as the greater National Basketball Association player of all time. It's a disgrace. It's racist. And it's the product of petty but unsafe hatreds. The president has repeatedly clashed with athletes and entire sports organizations.

On a separate airing of "CNN Tonight", Lemon said that Trump's presidency "can be defined by lies".

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