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Celebrities accuse Trump of racism after he tweets about LeBron James — then CNN takes pot shot

President Donald Trump was accused of racism after he tweeted about NBA star LeBron James. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is being accused of racism after he tweeted about NBA legend LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon on Friday night.

What did Trump say?

Trump's reference to "Mike" is an apparent nod to NBA legend Michael Jordan.

What spurred the tweet?

Trump's tweet came after CNN re-aired a wide-ranging interview between James and Lemon that originally aired on Monday.

During the interview, the two discussed the recent opening of James' non-charter, public school for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio, called the "I Promise" school. The school was designed for marginalized children who will attend free of tuition and expenses. The children will even receive free food, uniforms, and a bike.

Later in the interview, James stated that he feels Trump is "using sports to kinda divide us," a comment that apparently irked the president.

It was not the first time James publicly criticized the president. Last September, the NBA star called Trump a "bum" after he rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship at the White House.

What was the reaction to Trump's tweet?

Many, including celebrities and athletes, accused the president of being outwardly racist.

Lemon himself later punched back:

But what did CNN say?

The network's PR and communications Twitter feed invoked first lady Melania Trump to hit back at the president.

The tweet was referring to an unverified story that Trump was recently angry after discovering that his wife's TV on Air Force One was set to CNN.

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