LeBron James Tweets That Donald Trump Has Made Hate 'Fashionable Again'

This follows similar criticism from the NBA star this past weekend.

LeBron James during the 2017 NBA Finals
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LeBron James during the 2017 NBA Finals

On Tuesday afternoon, following the objectively disastrous press conference that Donald Trump held where he appeared to double down on blaming "both sides" for the shit-show that took place in Charlottesville this past weekend, LeBron James tweeted out that Trump "just made [hate] fashionable again." He also appeared to endorse removing Confederate statues but...not 100 percent on that. He could've made it clearer:

Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2017

As we said, James's tweet was a response to Trump's comments on the violence that took place this past Friday and Saturday in Virginia over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. During a rally by white nationalists, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed after an alleged Nazi sympathizer plowed over her and several other people with his car. Trump had a very, very easy opportunity to denounce it on Tuesday and he botched it again, which emboldened these same white nationalist groups.

"You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side," Trump said. "There was a group on this side—you can call them the left, you’ve just called them the left—that came violently attacking the other group.

“You look at both sides—I think there’s blame on both sides. They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you have some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group…you had people in that group that were in to protest, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park.”

President Trump on Charlottesville demonstrations: "You got a lot of bad people in the other group too" https://t.co/VfeoR4mjB0

— CNN (@CNN) August 15, 2017

As is the custom for tweets like LeBron's a lot of people told him some sort of variation of "Stick to sports," (though a lot also cheered him on). Anyway, here's a few of the thousands of responses his tweet elicited, but that he'll never read:

I love you as an athlete, but your views on politics are abhorrent. He condemned all hate. What more do you want? Hilary? Lol not happening

— Rod Gee (@Inner_Gee) August 15, 2017

like if basketball stars should stay out of politics

— Benjamin (@ShitpostcentiF) August 15, 2017

Pls stick to playing pick up ball with Melo

— Sam Muenchen (@SMuenchen) August 15, 2017

It's sad what's going on in Charlottesville. Is this the direction our country is heading? Make America Great Again huh?! He said that🤦🏾‍♂️

— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 12, 2017

Our youth deserves better!! Flat out

— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 12, 2017

Previously, on Saturday, LeBron had similar criticism for the president:

On a related note, LeBron also endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election which helped her carry the Midwestern sta-- *looks up election info* oh, that's right. Never mind.

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