New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on Monday argued that President Trump’s criticism of LeBron James and CNN’s Don Lemon was racially motivated.
His commentary follows Trump’s weekend tweet referring to CNN’s Don Lemon as “the dumbest man on television” and saying he had made LeBron James look smart during an interview, which according to Trump “isn’t easy to do.”
“Let’s just say it – if LeBron James was white, President Trump never would have questioned his intelligence or his charity work. How do I know? Let’s check the history…” Menendez tweeted.
“Trump’s attacks on [Rep.] @MaxineWaters (D-Calif.) follow a troubling pattern of white supremacists suggesting people of color have lower IQs than whites,” the senator continued. Trump often refers to Waters as a “low IQ person” at his rallies.
“He couldn’t believe President Barack Obama could have possibly been accepted at Harvard and Columbia,” Menendez continued. “He even suggested Obama release records to prove he was smart enough.”
“And of course, he refused to condemn the KKK or disavow the endorsement of David Duke during the 2016 campaign,” Menendez added in another tweet. Trump disavowed the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s endorsement in February 2016 after initially appearing to avoid discussing it.
“Our President’s history on this issue is heartbreaking, maddening, and disgusting. But my commitment to racial justice will never waiver, and I urge my colleagues to stand strong as well,” the senator concluded.
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