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LeBron James blasts Trump’s history of racism: ‘I would never sit across from him’

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NBA basketball player LeBron James

NBA player LeBron James told CNN’s Don Lemon Monday that athletics were once something that brought people together. Today, however, he said that the president is using it to divide Americans.

James specifically brought up the many sports stars that are working on community projects giving back, yet President Donald Trump and his allies attack them.

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“Whenever there’s something, like he’s in trouble, he can’t wiggle his way out of something, he’ll bring up the National Anthem and kneeling or standing,” Lemon observed. “Do you think he uses black athletes as a scapegoat?”

James said Trump does it more often than not.

“I believe he uses anything that’s popular to try to negate people from thinking act the positive things they can be doing and try to get our minds to not be as sharp as possible right then,” James explained. “Look at Kaepernick, who was protesting something he believed in and he did in the calmest way possible. Very respectful. He did his due diligence. Everyone knew why he did it.”

He noted that everyone “felt” Trump’s words after Charlottesville.

“It didn’t matter what color you are to feel that tension, to feel like our great country, you know,” James continued. “That we all wake up every day in the land of the free as we believe with great opportunity to be even more than what people even expect you to become for that to happen, you just felt like that was — that was kind of the tipping point.”

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When Lemon asked if he would ever run for office, James said he wasn’t interested in doing it. Lemon asked if he would run against Trump if there was no one else who would and James agreed.

“Well, in that case, I may,” he said. “If they had no one, I mean, I believe there’s some people out there, I hope. Let’s see first. Let’s see first.”

But when it came to sitting down with the president, James wasn’t interested.

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“I would never sit across from him,” James said. “I’d sit across from Barack, though.”

Watch the interview below:

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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