LeBron James formally endorsed Vice President Joe Biden for president and his operating mate Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday evening, shortly after the Los Angeles Lakers’ star was criticized by President Trump at a marketing campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
The newly topped NBA Champion took to Instagram the evening earlier than the 2020 presidential election to encourage his 74.1 million followers to vote for Biden.
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“One more day. Please [vote]!!” his caption learn. “We need EVERYTHING to change and it all starts tomorrow.”
James has been an outspoken critic of Trump and, whereas he launched the More Than a Vote marketing campaign this yr, the NBA star had but to implicitly endorse the Democratic ticket till Monday. He beforehand stumped for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and had expressed help for the Biden/Harris ticket.
The announcement got here shortly after Trump addressed a crowd of supporters at a rally in Pennsylvania.
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“How about basketball? How about LeBron? I felt badly for LeBron. I felt very badly. Down 71% and that’s for their championship — I didn’t want to watch one shot,” Trump mentioned, mentioning the NBA’s traditionally low championship rankings.
“When they don’t respect our country, when they don’t respect our flag, nobody wants to watch. Nobody!” he continued.
The crowd shortly broke out in “LeBron James sucks” chants.
Trump has been crucial of James and his political stance — simply final month, within the midst of the NBA finals, he mentioned: “LeBron is a spokesman for the Democratic Party and a very nasty spokesman.”
“He’s a great basketball player, but people don’t want to see a guy that way,” the president continued.”They don’t want to see that. We have enough difficulty during the week, you don’t wanna sit down watching a basketball game and then watch somebody that hates your guts, OK? He’s a hater.”
James never addressed Trump’s remarks directly, but later told The New York Times, “I don’t go back and forth with anybody. And I damn sure won’t go back and forth with that guy.”