President Donald Trump is not playing any games when it comes to the Black Lives Matter organization and he is not ashamed to say it.
The president was interviewed by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday where he derided the group and one of its biggest supports, NBA star LeBron James, The Daily Mail reported.
President Donald Trump attacked basketball star LeBron James during an extended interview with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, calling James a ‘hater’ shortly before he was set to suit up for his team’s NBA playoff game.
Trump, who remains at the White House following his positive test for COVID-19, tore into the player who has lent his star power to protests of police use of deadly force while also delving into politics and the charged issue of voter suppression.
“The NBA has become so political that nobody cares about it anymore,” the president said. “’I don’t even know who’s playing in the finals.”
“I don’t know anybody that’s watching the NBA,” he said. “LeBron is a spokesman for the Democratic party and a very nasty spokesman,’ Trump said, tacking on one of his favorite insults: ‘I don’t know him, I never met him.”
“Because, again, I’ve done so much for the Black community and people don’t wanna see that and he’s a great basketball player but people don’t wanna see a guy that way. 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, okay, He’s a hater,” he said.
“All I know is when he endorsed Hillary, I said, that’s the greatest endorsement I’ve ever seen because when he endorsed Hillary four years ago, she came up to his knee. I said, that is not the best looking president I’ve ever seen,” he said.
He went on to say that Black Lives Matter is a “Marxist” organization.
“And now I understand — don’t forget, Black Lives Matter, what was Black Lives Matter? Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon. The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said that’s such a terrible term because it’s such a racist term. It’s a term that sows division between blacks and whites and everybody else. And it’s a very bad term, for blacks. But they were very angry. It’s a Marxist organization,” he said.
His interview comes after the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said a week ago that much of the politics will not be prevalent next season at the games, BizPac Review reported.
“We’re completely committed to standing for social justice and racial equality and that’s been the case going back decades,” he said.
“It’s part of the DNA of this league. How it gets manifested is something we’re gonna have to sit down with the players and discuss for next season,” Silver said.
“I would say, in terms of the messages you see on the court and our jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time when we began these discussions with the players and what we all lived through this summer,” he said. “My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor.”