LeBron James wasn’t shy about sharing his political beliefs in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election. In early October, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president by writing an op-ed that spelled out exactly why he thought she was the best candidate for president. He wrote:
I also tell all my kids how important it is that they give back to the community. Because if basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change.
When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.
That candidate is Hillary Clinton.
About a month later, LeBron also showed up at a Clinton rally in Ohio along with J.R. Smith and Smith's young daughter and vouched for her again. He urged for people to vote for her instead of Donald Trump. "The number one reason I’m here is because of Hillary and what she believes in," LeBron told the people gathered at the rally on Nov. 6.
And even though Clinton ultimately did not end up winning the election, all hope is apparently not lost for LeBron. He put up an inspiring post on Instagram on Wednesday morning that featured a clip of Kendrick Lamar’s "Alright" along with a lengthy message about what LeBron thinks Americans need to do moving forward if they’re not happy with outcome of the election. He also promised to continue to lead in whatever ways he can:
In a strange twist, the Cavaliers are scheduled to make a trip to the White House on Thursday to meet with President Obama and celebrate their 2016 NBA Finals win. Trump is also expected to be at the White House to meet with Obama. And even if they don’t cross paths, we’d guess it will be on the minds of many of the Cavaliers players and coaches.
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