"The View" regular Ana Navarro thinks the tweet proves Trump should be "committed to the loony bin," while Judd Apatow reminds people to vote.
Ana Navarro, Kathy Griffin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Judd Apatow, Mia Farrow, and Ike Barinholtz took to Twitter to bash the president for a Friday night tweet criticizing the new Los Angeles Lakers star and Don Lemon, the CNN anchor who interviewed him earlier this week.
"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon," Trump tweeted. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. I like Mike!"
James appeared on Lemon's show earlier this week, and the segment aired again on Friday. The interview was focused on James opening up a school for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio, the city where he grew up. Lemon used that multi-million charity project to hit back at Trump.
"Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest," the TV personality tweeted Saturday morning, referencing Melania Trump's widely mocked "Be Best" initiative. Ironically, one of the components of the first lady's official platform is to encourage positivity on social media.
Meanwhile, Michael Jordan -- the NBA legend Trump appears to be referencing in his mean-spirited tweet -- has also responded. "I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community," he told NBC News.
Hollywood stars, media personalities and journalists joined citizens in firing back at Trump, with many describing it as another example of racism from the President of the United States of America. Griffin -- a comedian previously targeted by Trump and his supporters called the president a "racist f--k," while "The View" regular Navarro questioned his sanity.
"Seething on Twitter against Don Lemon and Lebron James is not normal or sane," she tweeted. "Doing it at midnight is even less normal and sane. Forget impeachment How the hell is Donald Trump not committed to the loony bin?"
Apatow -- one of the most successful comedy directors and producers in Hollywood -- stressed that the tweet was just another example about why everyone needs to get out and vote.
Read on for more angry reactions to Trump's tweet about James from Hollywood and beyond.
Seething on Twitter against Don Lemon and Lebron James is not normal or sane.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 4, 2018
Doing it at midnight is even less normal and sane.
How the hell is Donald Trump not committed to the loony bin?#PresidentLoco
@realDonaldTrump, 1. dumbest man on tv, now lives in the White House; 2. Lebron James & @donlemon succeeded on their own talents, not with millions of dollars from their daddy; never filed for bankruptcy; never dodged the draft; don’t lie; and they have much bigger hands than u. https://t.co/ATcGbWtP7U— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 4, 2018
For a second I thought Trump was saying that he had just interviewed Lebron James. And who is Mike? https://t.co/f964dKN8JY— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 4, 2018
We all must register to vote and encourage others to. We can end this in November. It’s quite easy. We deserve an honest government. @WhenWeAllVote @RockTheVote @letamericavote https://t.co/3nv842RBCw— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 4, 2018
You racist fuck https://t.co/gyLeAQbm24— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 4, 2018
Don Lemon is my friend- a true gentleman and a brilliant guy wish i could say the same of you.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 4, 2018
This week LeBron James opened up a school for at-risk kids in Akron https://t.co/sbIdytpM4W— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) August 4, 2018
I was gonna say Trump strikes me as a guy who would call an offensive foul in a 1- on-1 game but then I remembered he’s never played basketball ever, never once— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) August 4, 2018
Be best. https://t.co/XHl9nLJOpv— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 4, 2018
Yeah, because there does seem to be a certain hue to the "dummies", hear Tang tell it.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 4, 2018
Meanwhile @KingJames is opening schools and Tang's choice, Devos is destroying ALL of education.
So much #StableGenius. So much. 😒 https://t.co/XEOwhRuiNj
Nope simply not true. I’ve been on television and I would say Don Lemon is a lot smarter than me. So....at worst he’s not the “dumbest” man on television. https://t.co/rq5J5i9eNU— Benjamin Higgins (@benhiggi) August 4, 2018
I'd much rather live in a world reflecting the values, philanthropy, and yes intelligence of LeBron James and Don Lemon's intelligent commitment to truth and journalism than the divisive peevishness, lies, and narrow self-interest displayed by the President of the United States.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 4, 2018
LeBron James just opened a public school for at-risk kids, while the Trump Administration continues to keep migrant children separated from their families. That's all you need to know.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 4, 2018
LeBron is a smart dude (and one of the most thoughtful athletes we have) - this is a bullshit tweet and feels more than a little racist. You’re a constant embarrassment. https://t.co/QxYpuyHsuW— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 4, 2018
LeBron James is helping young people get an education. You are an old delusional racist who puts our country at risk.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) August 4, 2018
You're just jealous cuz he's creating a real school. Unlike yours. https://t.co/a0FCYlwYdI— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) August 4, 2018
It's got nothing to do with what you think about Lebron James. The President of the United States had nothing better to do late on a Friday night than grab his phone and call a private citizen "dumb" in a tweet.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 4, 2018
The leader of the free world did that.
What a small man he is.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” pic.twitter.com/vTwblxaSVV— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 4, 2018
I’m pretty sure Lebron James can spell “counsel” and “wiretap” correctly.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 4, 2018
How many porn stars has LeBron James had to pay $130,000 for one night stands?— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) August 4, 2018
I'm guessing none.
LeBron James has done more good for this country in the last week as a basketball player than Trump has in a year and a half as President of the United States— Adam (@SixersAdam) August 4, 2018
NBA Twitter showing up for LeBron James to defend him against Trump like pic.twitter.com/PqLzu3MXo7— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) August 4, 2018
LeBron James wants to use sports to unite Americans.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) August 4, 2018
Trump wants to use sports to divide Americans.
LeBron James just opened a school so kids can learn.
Trump has made it easier for kids to be shot at school.
LeBron James doesn’t have “small hands.”