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LeBron James addresses beef with Donald Trump

Lakers, LeBron James, Donald Trump

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James recently had an in-depth interview with The New York Times, and one of the most intriguing parts of the discussion centered around his beef with incumbent United States President Donald Trump. It goes without saying that these two don’t really see eye to eye, and for James, this was a chance to clear the air — somewhat.

When asked about his ongoing feud with the President, LeBron said that he’s made it a point not to engage with Trump:

“I don’t go back and forth with anybody. And I damn sure won’t go back and forth with that guy,” LeBron James stated, . “But we want better, we want change in our community. We always talk about, ‘We want change,’ and now we have the opportunity to do that.”

The conversation about the upcoming national elections carried on, and James was asked what kind of barometer he has in place in terms of defining the success of the same:

“I define success by our people going out and voting,” the Lakers superstar said.

“You know, there’s so many stats out there, you can see it every time. Who didn’t vote? What counties didn’t vote? What communities didn’t vote? And a lot of that has had to do with our Black people. So, hopefully, we can get them out and educated and let them understand how important this moment is.”

This is exactly why LeBron — as well as the rest of the NBA — has been very vocal about encouraging each and every American citizen of age to go out and vote. As he described above, he’s directed his energy in reaching out to the Black community, doing everything he can to make them realize how much value each of their votes have.

LeBron James then explained why for this particular elections, he’s decided to focus more on the issues at hand as opposed to campaigning for an individual candidate:

“I don’t want to say it’s a shift,” the Lakers star added. “It’s just what needed to be done at this point in time.

“We’ve been talking about voter suppression, we’ve been talking about police brutality, systemic racism. We’ve had so many things going on, and voter suppression in our communities happens to be at the forefront. So that’s something we wanted to educate our people on.”

The national elections is now just weeks away, and clearly, LeBron James has no intentions of slowing down with his initiatives.