That Lakers star LeBron James and President Donald Trump don’t exactly hold a ton of mutual respect for one another isn’t exactly a secret. James once called Trump a “bum” on Twitter, and accused Trump for trying to divide the country in one of his first interviews as a Laker. Trump fired back that Michael Jordan was better than James, and has dog whistled about James at multiple opportunities since, even if his old tweets make it clear he didn’t always feel quite so much animosity.
But at one of Trump’s final rallies before Tuesday’s presidential election, the president and his crowd decided to boldly address the issue that is currently most dividing Americans: Whether or not LeBron James is good at basketball.
"LeBron James sucks!" chants at the Trump rally pic.twitter.com/XbSZrhn961— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 2, 2020
(Editor’s Note: LeBron James is among the leaders in NBA history in almost every significant statistical category, a four-time NBA champion and MVP, and a man who literally founded and helped finance a school for at-risk youth in his hometown. He does not, in fact, suck.)
James didn’t respond to Trump’s rally critique directly, continuing a trend of him declining to use Trump’s name even when criticizing him over the last year or more. But while he has previously hinted at his support for the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — saying that “what’s known don’t even need to be said” — he mostly focused on his fight against Black voter suppression and the “More Than A Vote” group he formed to combat it.
However, on Monday night, the eve of the election (and, potentially notably, after the chants at the Trump rally earlier in the day) he made his first post formally and explicitly endorsing the Biden-Harris ticket:
Election day is tomorrow, Nov. 3. If you still haven’t voted yet, you can register to do so even on election day in California and several other states. And please, if you do so, please wear a mask, adhere to physical distancing best practices and be safe out there.