A new Don Lemon tweet is helping to put Donald Trump in his place.
Last night on CNN, the out journalist spoke with NBA legend Lebron James about his latest philanthropic effort, the I Promise School. Launched in collaboration with the Akron Public Schools system, the academy is aimed at helping at-risk 3rd and 4th graders in his hometown complete their education.
The 240 students who are accepted into the school will get free tuition, meals, bicycles and uniforms, along with other perks, while their parents get GED and job placement services. When the kids graduate, they also get a guaranteed free ride to the University of Akron.
As a fourth grader, James missed more than 80 days of school as he and his mother moved from one couch or spare bedroom to another. The former Cavalier, who’s won three NBA championships, called opening the school the greatest moment of his career.
So who could possibly have a problem with this wonderful program? The Giant Cheeto in the White House, of course.
Last night, Donald Trump lashed out at both James and Lemon, tweeting, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
In the segment, James told Lemon he believes sports has “always been something that brings [people] together,” but that the president is dividing Americans. His latest social media outburst kind of makes James’ point, doesn’t it?
Lemon, who has really found his voice since the 2016 election cycle, deftly responded to 45’s bizarre tweet. “Who’s the real dummy?” he tweeted. “A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest”
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) August 4, 2018
CNN got in on the fun, too, joking that First Lady Melania Trump must have had the remote if they were watching CNN and not Fox News.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) August 4, 2018
Other commenters jumped in, pointing that Lemon is an Emmy-winning journalist and James is a philanthropist who has been married to the same woman his whole life, while the president hosted a game show and is on Wife Number Three (and counting).
One user reminded us that just a few years ago Trump was praising James.
A tweet for every occassion. pic.twitter.com/UqcqezJ6Fz
— ItsJustJoe 🇨🇦 (@JoeCanada99) August 4, 2018
This one really tickled our fancy.
LeBron is being attacked by LeBronzer
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 4, 2018
The Don Lemon tweet comes as the anchor has been increasingly critical of the current occupant of the White House. Last year, after a Trump rally in Phoenix, Lemon turned to the camera and asked, “Well, what do you say to that?”
“I am just going to speak from the heart here,” Lemon added. “What we have witnessed was a total eclipse of the facts.” (Extra points for the Bonnie Tyler reference.)
Over New Year’s, Lemon helped ring in 2018 by kissing his boyfriend live on CNN.