LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton & People On The Internet Have A Lot Of Opinions
The day before heading to Ohio, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received a key endorsement from one of the state's own: Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James endorsed Hillary Clinton in a Business Insider op-ed on Sunday evening. Needless to say, the opinion piece (which will also be printed in the Akron Beacon Journal on Monday, when Clinton arrives in Akron to campaign) has already started generating quite the feedback online.
In his op-ed, James explained why he'd be voting for Clinton come November. "I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves," he wrote. He continued:
James' op-ed is definitely a key endorsement for Clinton, who is currently polling 1.8 points behind Republican candidate Donald Trump in Ohio, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average. It's also a key endorsement in a key state: Ohio has long been considered one of the most important swing states, and, as political journalist Chris Cillizza put it in 2012, "As Ohio goes, so goes the presidential race."
The importance of James' endorsement wasn't lost on Twitter users, who had a great time imagining Trump's reaction to the news. Others were quick to dig up a list of things Trump has already said about James, and many, many people shared the article.
"I know more about basketball than LeBron James does, believe me" - future Trump quote?— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) October 3, 2016
Please let a Trump tweet storm against LeBron James start my Monday morning... https://t.co/EtSoYZ1R7N— Vrabel (@MV_41) October 3, 2016
Donald Trump, right this minute, is in a brainstorm with top advisors trying to come up with a reason LeBron James could be called a loser.— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) October 3, 2016
"LeBron James is fat!" -- @realDonaldTrump @ 3 AM this morning.— Gus Taco Trucks™ (@Gus_802) October 3, 2016
Trump sounds like a big LeBron fan: pic.twitter.com/Wo3gLZvP33— Conor Sen (@conorsen) October 3, 2016
I hear this guy is big in Ohio https://t.co/Y8dU6HvLY0— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 3, 2016
“LeBron James, who was awful in the 2011 Finals, endorsed Crooked Hillary today. Loser!”— Matt Stokes (@MattStokes9) October 3, 2016
"Lebron James is—a pathetic loser. A real loser, folks. Bad at basketball. He travels. A lot, he travels. I never traveled when I played."— Paul Westermeyer (@PaulWLeader) October 3, 2016
While the reactions to James' endorsement may be funny, James was nothing but honest and sincere in his op-ed. In it, he outlined why he supports Clinton step by step, writing:
Regardless of whether James convinces anyone in Ohio to vote for Clinton or not, he's certainly managed to get them talking. Now, he can sit back, relax, and keep an eye on the polls... and maybe on Twitter, as well, in case he gets a 3 a.m. shoutout from the candidate he didn't endorse.