According to LeBron James, President Donald Trump is responsible for making hatred fashionable again.
The NBA star attacked the president on Twitter in the wake of the weekend’s violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
His first shot at Trump came Saturday after one woman died and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 12, 2017
LeBron lashed out again Tuesday.
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2017
He expounded on his views while speaking at an event Tuesday for his foundation’s educational program, dismissing Trump as the “so-called president” while calling for healing.
“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” LeBron said. “I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”
James, who endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton two days before the 2106 presidential election, appeared to be unsatisfied with Trump’s statement surrounding the events Saturday.
“It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us,” he said.
“It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that’s all you can ask for,” James added.
James’ condemnation of racism and bigotry is presumably widely supported across the country. But how much of the blame does Trump actually deserve for the violence in Charlottesville?
On Saturday, the president condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides” in Charlottesville.
Trump specifically condemned “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” Monday during a brief announcement at the White House.
“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said.
Speaking Tuesday from Trump Tower, Trump condemned the acts of violence from both the “alt-left” and “alt-right,” who clashed during the Charlottesville rally. Trump asserted there’s “blame on both sides.”
The president has issued several statements disavowing white supremacy and racism, which is exactly what LeBron James said during his speech and claims he is fighting for.
Following the lead of two very important figures, we can agree that all forms of racism, bigotry, and hatred should be rejected.