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Toria Sheffield
August 05, 2018 6:39 am

In a recent interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, basketball player and philanthropist LeBron James discussed the I Promise School, which he recently opened in his hometown of Akron, Ohio for at-risk third and fourth graders. However, the conversation soon turned to politics, and James had some harsh words for POTUS.

“I think [racism’s] always been there. But I think the president in charge now has given people—they don’t care now, they throw it to your face.” James said. He also noted that the he believes Trump is dividing our country.

"Sports has never been something that divides people. It's always been something that brings someone together. He [Trump] is dividing us, and what I noticed over the last few months is that he's kinda used sport to divide us and that's something I can't relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I was ever around someone white."

And, as expected, Donald Trump soon took to Twitter to demean James:

However, James soon got support from an unlikely source: Melania Trump. In a statement released by her spokeswoman on Saturday, August 4th, FLOTUS emphasized that she supports anyone making strides to help our nation’s youth, and that she would be open to visiting the I Promise School some day.

"It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today," the statement reads.

The statement went on to note that Melania Trump has traveled the country and world to talk to children “about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior” (emphasis ours), and also that she would definitely be open to visiting the I Promise School in the future.

No matter where each of us stands politically, we can likely all agree that working to help disadvantaged youth is a good thing for everyone, and James deserves respect for his effort. The president’s remarks were out of line—and downright unpresidential—but let’s not let it distract us from the positive: Someone is using their resources to take action and help others. And that’s amazing.

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