RUSH: Then when I am driving in — I didn’t tell you this — I hear that LeBron James (LeBron James!) did an interview on CNN. You know the noted political expert, LeBron James? LeBron James says that President Trump is using sports to divide the nation. Really? LeBron James! At least Michael Jordan knew that Republicans buy sneakers too.
So while he wanted to sell sneakers, Jordan for the most part steered away from this stuff, even though he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and leftist. But LeBron James… Look, I know we have freedom of speech; anybody can say what they want. But the man has no political education whatsoever. But there he was on CNN. He was on there with Don Lemon. Of course, he’s serving the exact purpose that CNN wants. Here’s some famous athlete railing against Trump, and it’s supposed to bring all the other dead-brain dolts that watch that network right along into the fold, that Trump is an idiot, that Trump’s dividing the nation with racism.
May I ask, “Who started this?”
Who started this business? Who decided to start taking a knee and disrespecting the national anthem? That would be a guy named Colin Kaepernick, right? And then who decided to join him? A bunch of other athletes, some buddies on the San Francisco 49ers and some other NFL teams. I don’t care how you slice it. When the national anthem is being played and the flag is being hoisted and you do anything that looks like you’re protesting that, it’s gonna be properly understood as you are protesting America. You’re protesting the flag and people who protect it such as the U.S. military.
Add the fact that you are playing a game, although risky, for which you’re being paid millions of dollars. It just doesn’t quite follow that America is this gigantic, oppressive, racist place. But there he is, LeBron James, and he’s on there with CNN with Don Lemon saying the president Trump is using sports to “divide” the nation. “[Trump]’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to,” said Professor James.
“From the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to selective teams’ invitations to the White House, NBA superstar LeBron James believes President Donald Trump is using sports to create division throughout the country.” Well, now, the way I saw it Donald Trump was minding his own business. One day, he decided to run for president — and despite all the odds, he won. A whole bunch of hateful feel spraining up the moment Trump announced and started saying some of the most horrible, vilifying things toward Trump and his family.
But Trump was minding his own business one day until the Kaepernick incident happened and then other NFL players picked it up and then other athletes decided to get in on the action and say to the media, “Hey, cover me! Cover me! I’ll also diss America if that’s what it takes to get coverage.” So they do it, and Trump reacts. So Trump reacting to these spoiled brats being used as political tools by left-wing activists like CNN and others. Trump is accused of using sports to divide the nation. Trump didn’t take the knee. Trump didn’t disrespect the flag.
Trump didn’t try to get other people to join him in kneeling while the anthem was being played. All Trump did was call out the people who were doing it, and now we have LeBron James accusing Trump of using sports to divide the nation. It’s the left, and LeBron James is one of those — to the extent that he knows it. He’s a Democrat; so he’s a leftist. They are the people dividing the nation. That’s their objective. That’s their purpose. They don’t like America, as founded.
They’re fed up with it because of all the imaginary injustices that they think America represents. So they are hell-bent on doing whatever damage to America, or at least displaying a lack of solidarity with America. Another example of leftists accusing their opponents of what they themselves are doing! It’s right of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals — which I’m sure LeBron James reads in the hotel during the playoffs during his spare time. I’m sure he’s an expert on Rules for Radicals. Why else would he be appearing on CNN?
What’s happening here is LeBron James is being goaded into using his sports platform to divide. Who kneeled first? It certainly wasn’t Trump.
RUSH: Here’s John in Raleigh, North Carolina. You’re next. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you doing today?
RUSH: Doing pretty well. On balance, all the stuff that was going wrong stopped when the program started. So that’s a positive.
CALLER: All right. I’ll circling around to your first hour when you were talking about the flag kneeling in the NFL. So here is my solution. I’m a prior Marine Corps officer. I’ve been a big Oakland Raiders fan since the [Ken] Stabler years. So what arrived in the mail yesterday? I got a third party to make me a Raiders jersey that’s black with silver numbers. On the front, I put a Marine Corps logo, USA —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait. Who did you say made the jersey for you?
CALLER: It was a third party. It’s not the NFL.
RUSH: Not the NFL. Okay.
CALLER: Correct. So I sewed on there a Marine Corps logo, a small USA, and a Raiders right above the number — and on the arm, I put an American flag. So I’m walking around the neighborhood wearing this and people go, “Well, what’s this about the protest?” So here’s the punch line. I turned around, there’s a No. 45, and the nametag says “TRUMP,” and what happens then when people see that?
CALLER: Oh, oh, oh, these are… I’m in a conservative neighborhood. They thought it was pretty funny, and they go, “Well, that’s one approach.”
RUSH: So that is your approach to kneeling?
CALLER: Yeah. Just to say that, you know, I’m all behind Trump and not for the NFL to kneel; so this is mine.
RUSH: You ought to take this idea to LeBron James. He’s the latest political professor, the scientist, that’s entered this discussion.
CALLER: Yes, sir, I saw that.
RUSH: He’s saying that Trump is dividing the nation using sports to do it.
CALLER: So I caught you at the top of the hour so I called in ’cause I heard that and the jersey happened to show up yesterday.
RUSH: Oh, it did. Okay. You feel proud wearing the thing around, right?
CALLER: Well, most people know I’m a conservative, a Marine, and a Trump supporter; so absolutely.
RUSH: So is it a black jersey, home jersey, or white?
CALLER: Oh, it’s black with silver numbers on it.
RUSH: There you go. There you go. Is it mesh?
CALLER: Yes, sir. It’s a high-quality one.
RUSH: High quality, I’m sure. Well, you could have gone for the actual thing. You know what they charge if you wanted an actual locker room game jersey? You’re gonna pay like $250, $275 for it if you get your nameplate on the back of it.
CALLER: Yeah. I thought I might get some pushback when I sent this order in with 45 and Trump on it, but they came through for me. They came out in four months. (chuckles)
RUSH: Isn’t that…? Stop and think. Here’s a guy ordering a jersey, loves the Raiders, and he wants a Raiders jersey with No. 45 ’cause Trump is president 45. He’s a Marine; so he’s not scared. But he’s aware that it might cause the office to blow up when they see that somebody wants a Raiders jersey with Trump’s presidential number on it. That’s gotta be relatively new, that when you’re thinking of buying a product, you gotta consider whether or not it’s gonna make the person selling it to you mad.