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Donald Trump Tweets sad attempt to troll LeBron James

I Promise School Grand Opening Celebration With LeBron James

AKRON, OH - JULY 30: LeBron James addresses the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron’s most challenged students. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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On Twitter, President Donald Trump often likes to play the troll.

Like most trolls, often he just misses the mark. As with this Tweet Friday night after he clearly watched a CNN re-broadcast of an interview earlier in the week.

This was obviously another dig at CNN (a staple of the president), but Trump threw in a shot at LeBron for good measure. So many thoughts about this.

• Lemon interviewed LeBron about his opening of the “I Promise” school in Akron where LeBron, through the non-profit he funds, donated tens of millions of dollars to build a public school that would help the most disenfranchised in his hometown. It’s a school that is offering each child that goes there more than just an education, but a bicycle to help get to school (or free transportation within two miles), free tuition, free meals at the school and a stocked pantry student’s working parents get healthy, discounted meals on the table, free tuition to the University of Akron for any student who graduates, and much more.

Anyone who does this — Democrat, Republican, black, white, Latino, gay, straight, etc. — should be praised, and to take a dig at them in an interview about it comes off as shallow.

• LeBron’s effort stands in stark contrast to Trump University.

• Anybody who has spoken to or gotten to know LeBron knows he is smart. He is thoughtful. You don’t have to like all of the decision’s he’s made, we can debate where he fits on the court and in the game’s pantheon, but that’s different than saying he’s not intelligent. He is. It’s not a debate.

• It’s okay to like Mike and still respect/like LeBron. As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently said, “This isn’t Highlander. There can be more than one.”

• This is obviously Trump taking a shot at LeBron for saying that the President is trying to divide us with sports. Thing is, LeBron is right.

• Joe Vardon who covers the Cavaliers for The Athletic makes a good point.

LeBron is still popular in Ohio.

• Going at LeBron and the NBA will not work for the president the way going at NFL players and that league does. It’s not that LeBron may choose to fire back (he has called the President a “bum” before but may well remain silent here), it’s that the NBA fan base will nod in agreement if he or anyone else does take a shot at Trump. The NBA fan base is much younger, more diverse, and more urban than the NFL’s, which is not exactly the core Trump demographic. The league does not have nearly the same overlap with the Trump base as the NFL does.

NBA fans and players are going to come to LeBron’s defense.

I could go on, but you get the point. The NBA’s fan base largely views Trump differently than parts of the NFL’s, and in the NBA the players have the power in the relationship, not the owners looking to appease the President.