Former President Donald Trump joined the growing chorus slamming LeBron James for an ill-advised and deleted Tweet about a police officer shooting a young woman who was threatening another young girl with a knife.
LeBron has since retracted his statement and called for all the facts to come out saying: “Anger does any of us any good and that includes myself. Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
Enter Trump who issued a statement that read: “LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League.”
“His racist rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”
Donald Trump Jr. slammed James earlier saying: “Self-proclaimed @KingJames is quick to dox a police officer who saved someone from being stabbed to death with a knife. But he still won’t say a word about China’s Uyghur genocide. You can call yourself “King” all you want, but you’re really just Xi’s court jester.”
Sen. Ted Cruz said: “The left consistently goes after, attacks and demonizes police officers often before the facts are known, often before there is any evidence of what happened but their immediate reaction, whenever there is an incident, is that police officers are in the wrong.
“And in this instance, ‘you’re next’ could certainly be interpreted by some, even, as a call for violence. I think it was a grossly irresponsible message for LeBron James to send out.
“By any measure, it was a volatile situation. The woman who was killed was wielding a knife, was violent, appeared to be threatening the lives of others.
“It may well be, on an investigation, that this police officer saved the life of a potential victim of a knife attack and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.”
“The facts should be determined, but the left doesn’t care about the facts, they care about demonizing and attacking law enforcement and I think it’s wrong,” he said.
Don Lemon of CNN said: “People are anguished watching another video like this, and I get it. But even in our anguish, we cannot abandon the responsibility we have to be fair.
“And even while our hearts are hurting, we have to judge each incident based on what we see and the facts we know.
“They roll up on the scene. They see people tussling around. Someone has a knife, and their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene.
“If they see someone who is in the process of taking a life, what is that decision, what decision do they have to make? The other person’s life was in imminent danger.”
NEW: President Trump releases a statement ripping LeBron James:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 23, 2021
"His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!" pic.twitter.com/fIOxJ27dMB
"Their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene. If they see someone who is in the process of taking a life…what decision do they have to make?"— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 22, 2021
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ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail! 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021