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Donald Trump lashed out at LeBron James and Don Lemon on Twitter

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LeBron James is one of the greatest pro basketball players in history. He’s also using his tremendous success and wealth to help at-risk children in his hometown. And yet, in Donald Trump’s eyes, he’s “dumb.”

Trump resorted to childish name-calling in a Friday evening tweet in which he slammed the intelligence of both James and CNN anchor Don Lemon. The attack was responding to an interview in which James had some mildly critical things to say about the thin-skinned U.S. president.

“What I’ve noticed over the past few months [is] he’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to,” James said during the interview.  “I can’t sit back and say nothing.”

Asked later what he’d say if he ever found himself face-to-face with Trump, he replied:  “I would never sit across from him.”

Most of the interview focused on other matters, particularly James’s efforts in Ohio to create an elementary school with an eye toward helping kids get their lives on track. You know, actual humanitarian work.

That’s not what the U.S. president saw, of course. He just picked up on the fact that someone — a successful black man, no less — dared to criticize his demonstrably true practice of using professional sports to divide Americans.

And so, a miffed Trump fired back.

(The “I like Mike!” comment is meant as a knock on James, who is often mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan as the NBA’s greatest of all time. That one probably didn’t land as intended. James has historically shown great reverence toward Jordan.)

There’s nothing substantive about Trump’s tweet. Not one word or follow-up that takes issue with anything either man has actually said. It’s just a pointless, aimless ad hominem attack and, as many pointed out on social media, a thinly veiled racist remark.

And of course, no cycle of Trump shade is complete without Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, weighing in with a deep cut from his archives.

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