Donald Trump Calls LeBron James RACIST.
Donald Trump has slammed LeBron James for his ‘divisive, nasty, degrading, and demeaning’ tweet in response to the police killing of a 16-year-old Ohio boy, which the former president characterized as ‘racist.’
On Thursday evening, Trump, who has repeatedly clashed with the Obama-supporting athlete, weighed in with a scathing tweet.
On Wednesday, James, 36, tweeted a picture of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant in the city on Tuesday.
“You’re next. #accountability,” James captioned the photo of the cop.
His tweet echoed his reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial the day before. ‘Accountability,’ James tweeted after Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The sports superstar, on the other hand, quickly deleted his tweet about Bryant’s death.
‘LeBron James should concentrate on basketball rather than presiding over the demise of the NBA, which has just posted the lowest television RATINGS in the League’s long and illustrious history,’ Trump said on Thursday.
‘His racially charged rants are divisive, nasty, rude, and demeaning.
‘He may be an excellent basketball player, but he is doing little to unite our country!’
James’ tweet ignited outrage on the internet.
After ex-NFL player turned Army Ranger Jake Bequette chastised James earlier that morning for ‘politicizing’ sport, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, joined in the criticism of the basketball star on Thursday.
McCain said on The View that, while she believes that law enforcement in America treats people of color differently, James’ social media post was fueling further crime.
‘No one with two brain cells can understand why police handle African-Americans and people of color differently than white people,’ she said.
‘It’s just a reality that we’re all trying to reconcile and accept.’
‘However, by having people like LeBron James post pictures of this cop before the case has been adjudicated and litigated, you’re putting the cop’s life in jeopardy.’ And I’d like to see the killing and violence in this country end.’
Bryant’s death “will be adjudicated in court,” McCain said, adding, “The way I was raised is to obey authority.”
‘I was raised to value authority, police officers, and all law enforcement officers.’ McCain said, “I have a lot of friends who are in the military and even police officers.”
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas was one of the first to criticize James, writing on Twitter, “LeBron James is inciting abuse against an Ohio police officer.” This is both a disgrace and a threat. Is the NBA in agreement with this? Is Twitter a real thing?’
‘People like LeBron James and his allies on the left are pushing decent people away from careers in law enforcement,’ Ohio Representative Mike Loychik said. This is the polar opposite to what can be done to improve policing.’