Hillary Clinton calls LeBron James a 'class act' following Trump's tweet

Hillary Clinton praised NBA star LeBron James as a “class act” on Sunday after President Donald Trump mocked him on Twitter late Friday night.

″[James] is a great family man, incredible ballplayer, gives back to his community, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind,” the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted. “We need more like him in his world.”

Trump in his tweet attacked the intelligence of both James and CNN’s Don Lemon ― two outspoken critics of the president. His tweet was in response to a Lemon interview with James, who recently opened a school for low-income and at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. In the interview, which first aired Monday and was repeated On Friday, James criticized Trump for fueling racial divides in the U.S.  

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AKRON, OH - JULY 30: Confetti erupts after the ceremonial raising of the new school flag at the grand opening of the I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: The entrance of the new I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: A display of LeBron James' sneakers in the lobby of the new I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: Large inspirational murals at the I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: LeBron James addresses the media following the grand opening of the I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: Classroom signs at the I Promise school on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: A collection of LeBron James shoes decorate the entrance to the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron's most challenged students. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: The Singing Angels perform at the grand opening of the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The new school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and Akron Public Schools. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: A collection of LeBron James shoes decorate the entrance to the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron's most challenged students. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: LeBron James addresses the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 30: The Goodyear blimp flies over the I Promise School prior to the arrival of LeBron James on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron's most challenged students. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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″[James] was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television,” Trump tweeted.” He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”

Trump faced immediate backlash over his tweet from athletes, fans and lawmakers, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and basketball icon Michael Jordan, who the president apparently referred to at the end of his tweet. 

Even first lady Melania Trump pushed back against her husband’s assessment of James.

“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation,” a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said Saturday. “Just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today.”

James was an outspoken supporter for Clinton during her White House bid and campaigned for her when she visited Ohio. He hasn’t publicly responded to Trump’s attack, but he did tweet support for students of his new school on Saturday.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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