Aaron Rodgers Supports LeBron, Urges Players To Simply Ignore Donald Trump

Monday on MSNBC, former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said President Donald Trump's tweet, suggesting NBA star LeBron James was not smart "is nothing short of racist".

Trump then, unexpectedly, appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest National Basketball Association player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing "I like Mike!" "He's doing an awesome job for his community".

The chief executive's tweet was in response to an interview James did in which the basketball player - who just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers - said Trump was using sports to divide people in this country. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" He added the hashtag #BeBest, a reference to Melania Trump's anti-bullying initiative.

Its title comes from a comment Fox News host Laura Ingraham made about James in February when she sought to rebuke him for talking politics during an interview.

"We need more like him in this world", she tweeted.

Jordan, who rarely wades into the political fray, and other US athletes rallied to James' defense on Saturday, praising him for his work in his community.

US first lady Melania Trump also appeared to take exception with her husband's attack on James.

"I think if we can learn to ignore or not respond to stuff like that - if we can - it takes away the power of statements like that".

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This was accurate. As Philip Bump has demonstrated in The Washington Post, Trump routinely called his critics stupid before he won election. Most of America, anyway.

No word yet on whether the first lady - or Ingraham, for that matter - is open to watching "Shut Up and Dribble" when it airs this fall.

'I believe our president is trying to divide us... he is, he's dividing us and what I have noticed over the last few months is that he's kind of used sport to divide'.

"So once again, President Trump is feuding with a famous black person who dared to criticize him", Noah said.

Trump appears to be on thin ice, not just with angry voters, but with his own family as well.

He defiantly questioned the idea that, historically, the party that controls the White House suffers in the midterms, declaring "but I say why?"

Melania is the second woman in the President's life to publicly distance herself from his opinions this week alone. "Because I have to call out the lies, or the misstatements, or when he gets something wrong, or when he does something insane, or when he tweets something that's just beyond the pale".

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