President Donald Trump took a shot at Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James in a tweet Friday night. A few days later, James proclaimed he wouldn't let Trump divide the nation through sports, saying "the people run this country, not one individual".
"For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?" he told Nichols.
James has publicly criticized Trump before.
While James' interview aired Monday night and into Tuesday, the president clearly didn't hear about it until Friday.
On Monday, James sat down for an interview to promote a new public school that his charitable foundation helped build. James' publicist declined to respond to Trump's tweet, but Lemon did, invoking both the administration's forced-family-separations policy and first lady Melania Trump's social media etiquette campaign.
James referenced Trump's reactions to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the national anthem and fellow NBA player Stephen Curry's decision to skip the White House visit after his Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship as instances of when Trump has twisted peaceful protests.
During the interview, James and Lemon toured the school and discussed sports, politics and race relations.
President Donald Trump had something harsh to say on Twitter about LeBron James, seen here taking part in the opening of a school for under-privileged children. By the way, all-around he's better than Michael Jordan.
"Who's the real dummy?"
"We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come ... away with something, something where they can give back", said James, who poured millions from his own pocket into the project.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News. "You bum. Me and my friends call each other that all the time". I know why. Some of y'all need to start believing what he is showing you. Minnesota center Karl Anthony Towns questioned why Trump was using his time to tweet about this instead of addressing the water issues in Flint, MI.