Trump Attacks LeBron After CNN Interview 📺

 AP Photo / Phil Long

 AP Photo / Phil Long

Schools and politics

LeBron James was recently interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon about his new I Promise School. Lemon eventually shifted to more political questions, in which James asserted that President Trump is using sports to divide people. Trump responded via Twitter, questioning the intelligence of James: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”


What's the I Promise School?

The original focus of the interview, the I Promise School, is James’ public school in Akron, OH focused on at-risk children. It will take in in about 120 students per grade, selected by random lottery from students who are behind their peers. 

The right believes that Trump was defending himself from yet another attack by the news media and that CNN's Don Lemon interjected his opinions in the interview by leading the conversation to be anti-Trump. The right sticks to mostly fact-based (as opposed to opinion-based) coverage of what James and Trump said about each other.

The left brings others into the debate to try and show that President Trump stands alone in his criticisms of James. The left quotes Michael Jordan as saying, “I support LeBron James. He's doing an amazing job for his community.” The left also spins FLOTUS’ comments in support of James’ school as a public rebuke of her husband. 

Solving Problems > Political Attacks

Both sides are at it again with misleading information and public attacks. CNN claims the interview was meant to focus on James' contributions to Akron, but it turned political anyway. The right continues to excuse a president who uses his office to bully and demean others. The real loss is for the at-risk kids who were expected to be the focus of the interview. The I Promise School is genuinely trying to tackle a problem that is rarely in the spotlight. Shouldn’t we try to focus on the stories that are trying to solve problems rather than continue a saga of public political attacks?

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