DAILYKENN.com -- First came the Twitter jab at Lemon and LeBron. Then, the president stoked the fire by injecting, "I like Mike." The media presumed Donald Trump was referring the Michael Jordan (rather than Pence) which invoked a response for Jordan.
What's more, the president implicitly called Don Lemon and LeBron James 'idiots'.
It's proof that Trump is a master at manipulating the media and stoking his base to record approval ratings.
Lemon and LeBron proved the president correct by being dumb enough to respond to his Twitter post. Are these people really that stupid? Does it not occur to them that Trump's perennial Twitter posts are intended to spark media buzz? That to do anything but ignore them plays into his hand?
From cnn.com ▼ Brian Stelter and Nicole Chavez
It all started on a quiet Friday night, when CNN re-aired Don Lemon's interview with LeBron James.
The interview focused on James' contributions to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, including a new public school for at-risk third- and fourth-graders there. But the two men also discussed politics. James told Lemon that President Donald Trump has used athletics and athletes to divide the country.
"I can't sit back and say nothing," James said.
The President was watching. Shortly before midnight, he tweeted: "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."
"I like Mike!" the President added in what appeared to be a reference to the ongoing debate on who's the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Jordan.
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