LeBron James stayed up until 4 am on election night, calls Trump's victory 'very difficult'

LeBron James spoke in candid terms to the Washington Post on Thursday about his reaction to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

The Cavaliers star, who had publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton in an editorial on Business Insider, said he and his wife stayed up until 4 a.m. watching the results come in, and did not know whether he would visit the Trump White House should he win an NBA Championship in the future.

"It was difficult," James said of Tuesday night. "It was difficult watching it. Me and my wife didn't go to bed until 4 o'clock in the morning. It was very difficult seeing what happened not only in our state, but in our country. Like I said, it is what it is. That's in the past. We need to live in the present and make our future better."

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Regarding a potential visit to the White House, James added: "I don't know. That's something that we'll cross. We'll have to cross that road if we get there. We'll see. I would hope to have to cross that road. That doesn't mean I wouldn't want another championship."

James is far from the first NBA star to speak out about Trump's victory in the days since the election. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose speculated that many professional athletes would choose not to visit Trump's White House, and Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy slammedTrump's "brazenly" racist and misogynistic demeanor.

James, though, was perhaps the most explicitly pro-Clinton athlete during the election. Along with his op/ed, he appeared at a rally in his home state of Ohio with Clinton and Cavs teammate JR Smith. Trump, of course, went on to win Ohio's 18 electoral votes 52% to 44% for Clinton.

James said he thinks the country must continue to work together to help move forward, even with Trump at the helm.

"He's our president," James told the Washington Post. "No matter if you agree with it or disagree with it, he's the guy, and we all have to figure a way to make America as great as it can be. We all have to do our part. Our nation has never been built on one guy, anyways. It's been built on multiple guys, multiple people in power, multiple people having a dream and making it become a reality by giving back to the community, by giving back to the youth, doing so many great things."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak during the Cleveland Cavaliers visit to the White House to celebrate their 2016 NBA Championship on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. 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 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden pose for photos with members of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a South Lawn event November 10, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the Cavaliers to honor their 2016 NBA championship. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
LeBron James, star of the 2016 NBA basketball championship team the Cleveland Cavaliers, takes a selfie while the team is being honored by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak during the Cleveland Cavaliers visit to the White House to celebrate their 2016 NBA Championship on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. 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 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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