NBA superstar LeBron James has repeatedly taken shots at Donald Trump.
As Trump is apt to do when he’s attacked, he punched back, and liberals were beside themselves with allegations of racism.
But conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh pointed out one truth about Trump’s criticisms of LeBron that should concern Democrats.
LeBron has let it be known that his main mission is to build a worldwide brand. This is the only reason LeBron chose to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and go to a rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers team in the twilight of his career.
LeBron wanted to be in the main entertainment hub to develop his film and television projects. Two TV shows produced by LeBron were recently announced in the trades.
The other part of LeBron’s brand-building process has been stepping into the political arena.
During the 2016 general election, LeBron endorsed Hillary Clinton and appeared on stage with her in his native Ohio.
The move turned out to be a giant fail because Clinton’s lead in Ohio evaporated, and she lost the presidency despite being an overwhelming favorite.
After backing the wrong horse, LeBron has hurled bland criticisms at President Trump, even calling him a “bum.”
LeBron ratcheted up the attacks on Trump in a recent interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. During the exchange, LeBron made the asinine statement that the country is moving back toward the slavery and Jim Crow eras.
He also said Trump is trying to divide the nation, which is precisely what the left has been attempting to do for decades.
A recent example is the anti-American anthem protests started by Colin Kaepernick. The American flag used to be a unifying symbol. The public square used to be a place where people of different races and creeds could get together for common enjoyment.
But the left wants to politicize every facet of American life.
Instead of considering these facts, LeBron tossed out a lazy criticism of the president.
Trump counter-punched and essentially said both LeBron and Lemon are dumb. The left tried to portray Trump’s comment as racist, but Trump doesn’t discriminate with his “low IQ” barb.
It’s this type of dishonesty that has caused many people to lose a significant amount of confidence in the mainstream media.
Conservative radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh pointed out why Trump’s criticism of LeBron won’t greatly damage him with voters.
Limbaugh pointed out that there are bigger issues plaguing the black community, such as abortion. Over 60% of black deaths are the result of abortion.
Limbaugh also pointed to the carnage that continues to take place in Chicago. Over the past weekend, 53 people were shot in Chicago, and 10 were killed.
These numbers are reprehensible, and Democrats refuse to take any serious action. Many blacks in Chicago are fed up with the senseless murders and are willing to accept help from Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump’s approval rating among black voters has almost doubled recently. Limbaugh said on his show:
“Trump’s approval numbers among African-Americans at the last part of the week, 29%, up from 15% not that long ago…Now, stop and think. If that approval rating of 29% were to translate into votes or transfer to votes, do you know what that would mean?…The end of the Democrat Party. If Donald Trump has 30% approval in the black community and a bunch of them start voting for Trump in 2020, that’d be the end of the Democrat Party. That would blow it to smithereens.”
Limbaugh is correct. Clinton wasn’t able to maintain Barack Obama’s coalition of 93% black voters. Trump was able to win with 8% of the black vote. If his approval rating of 29% results in double-digit black support in 2020, the Democrats are in serious trouble.
“Of course everybody just had a cow over this because LeBron has started a school for kids, and LeBron’s doing all this wonderful stuff, and here’s Trump insulting him simply because…My question is, if the 29% approval rating is there, how much of that is hurt with Trump’s [comments]?”
It remains to be seen, but communities care far more about economic opportunity than the so-called hurt feelings of a professional athlete worth half a billion dollars.