There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between former President Donald Trump and basketball superstar LeBron James. During a speech Saturday night, Trump said he would try to get James to play for him if Trump coached a basketball team.
If James was a woman, of course.
Trump used his time at the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Student Action Summit in Tampa to go after men who participate in women’s sports. He used previous examples of men winning women’s events and voiced his opinion on how wrong he thought it was, in which he received enthusiastic applause.
The former president said if he coached women’s basketball he would be “the greatest of all time” since he could seek the services of male athletes.
“If I was the women’s basketball coach, I’d be the greatest coach of all time. I’m not a fan of Lebron James at all, I don’t like him, but I say ‘Lebron, as “Are you ever thinking about becoming a woman? Have you ever thought because I’d love to have you on my team,” Trump said. “I would love to have you on our Lebron team. But, think about it, it’s so crazy what’s going on.”
Trump’s speech at the TPUSA summit comes the same summer as his state-to-state tour to support candidates at rallies. Earlier this year in Nebraska, Trump hit out at James again while talking about the NBA superstar who could become a transgender woman.
“I’ll say this to LeBron James, who I don’t like very much,” Trump said on May 1. “I’ll be like, ‘LeBron, have you ever thought about becoming a woman? I would love to have you on my basketball team.'”
The feud also dates back to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots when James spoke out against the insurgency in Washington, D.C., by protesters who expressed dissatisfaction with the 2020 presidential election.
“We live in two Americas and this was a great example of that yesterday,” James said at the time. “If you don’t understand or see this, you need to take a step back. Not just one step, but four, five or even 10 steps back. How do you expect your children or grandchildren to live in this beautiful country Because yesterday wasn’t it.”
The Trump-James feuds also date back to April 2021 when Trump called James ‘racist’ and ‘divisive’ for remarks James made in a since-deleted tweet about the police killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. .
James had tweeted a photo of Nicholas Reardon, a police officer charged with killing Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. Accompanying the photo was the text: “you’re next #accountability”.
Bryant’s death came hours after the guilty verdict in the murder of Gerge Floyd by Derek Chauvin.
“I took down the tweet because it’s being used to create more hate. It’s not about an officer. It’s about the whole system and they’re still using our words to create more racism. I’m so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY,” James tweeted. in a follow-up.
In August 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the presidential election, Trump said James was not good at basketball.
“I’ve seen LeBron James on TV and, quite frankly, I don’t think he’s very good at basketball,” Trump said, according to the new yorker. “The media is very unfairly biased in his favor because he’s a Democrat, and I think that’s a shame.
“You look at LeBron and sometimes when he shoots the ball, it doesn’t go in the basket,” Trump said. “If I try to drink a glass of water and my mouth fails, that’s all CNN is talking about.”