Athletes react to Donald Trump insulting LeBron James

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LeBron was discussing the school in the CNN interview on Friday that set off Donald Trump.

Most of the interview focused on other matters, particularly James's efforts in OH to create an elementary school with an eye toward helping kids get their lives on track.

James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and recently opened a public school his charitable foundation helped build in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

James also mentioned Colin Kaepernick, who was targeted by Trump for his protests over racial injustice by kneeling during the anthem.

LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump's trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. As Trump himself announced just hours later, he will be campaigning Saturday night on behalf of Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate in a closely-fought special election for the House seat representing Ohio's 12th Congressional district.

Lemon fired back: "Who's the real dummy?" Not one word or follow-up that takes issue with anything either man has actually said.

Lemon said on Twitter. "I like Mike!", Donald's highly opinionated tweet read. Among them, Michael Jordan's letter of support spoke the loudest. He was even clearer in his interview with Lemon.

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"I would never sit across from him", James said about Trump. It's one of the more admirable charity initiatives in recent memory and has been lauded by people across the political spectrum.

Trump hasn't always had a negative opinion of James. Last September he called Trump a "bum" after the president appeared to disinvite the National Basketball Association championship-winning Golden State Warriors from a traditional White House visit because one of their stars, Stephen Curry, criticised Trump.

He later said Trump's rhetoric was harmful in the wake of violence in Charlottesville past year, where white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed and one woman was killed. But nobody cared about Trump weighing in on that debate.

Thousands of Twitter users have responded for James after Trump's Twitter slam. That prompted criticism of Ingraham, which suggested that efforts to silence and insult two outspoken black men were racist.

The president jumped on the LeBron comments on Friday evening and let loose with a tweet. "I know the streets that they walk".

There was also this exceedingly spicy take from CNN PR.

"Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night". "We hope you both saw the incredible work of [LeBron James]". Like Lemon, they included a #BeBest hashtag.