Petition calls for LeBron James as Secretary of Education
A newly-signed petition is calling on President Donald Trump to replace Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.
The Care2 petition, which was first posted on Tuesday afternoon, has already garnered more than 9,500 signatures of the 10,000 required.
Rebecca G., who created the petition, called the new Lakers star “an inspiration to kids all over the country” who “cares about America’s youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.”
Some who shared the sentiment have grown tired of DeVos, saying she’s “taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve.”
James celebrated the opening of his “I Promise” public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio late in July — which will serving around 300 at-risk children and their families — providing them with free lunch, textbooks, classes, tutoring, and free bicycles.
Trump didn’t take long to fire back at James after the long-known critic of the 45th president told CNN host Don Lemon in an interview about his newest charitable deed, in which James slammed Trump — saying he uses sports to “divide” Americans and would “never” sit across from him.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
The petitioner knows it’s unlikely that James would renounce his playing career to take on this role, especially under Trump — but noted it was at least worth a try to open the eyes of many who have remained blinded by this administration.
“I know that’s [sic] it’s unlikely that Lebron James would give up his highly successful career — especially since he has been generous enough to use that influence to be an inspirational community and youth advocate for millions.”
“Even more unlikely is that Lebron would ever stand to work for Donald Trump and his hateful rhetoric,” Rebecca G. said in her petition, “but it’s worth a try!”
James is coming off signing a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers this summer, finally departing the East Coast for the first time in his 15-year career.