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Trump Calls Black Father ‘Poor Man’s Version Of Don King,’ ‘Ungrateful Fool.’ Demands His Praise.


Trump Calls Black Father ‘Poor Man’s Version Of Don King,’ ‘Ungrateful Fool.’ Demands His Praise.

President Trump kicked off his Thanksgiving holiday by launching an unhinged 5:25 AM Twitter rant from Mar-a-Lago attacking a U.S. citizen who did not properly praise him for the release of his son from a Chinese jail.

The President reignited his feud with LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player who was arrested for shoplifting in China earlier this month, calling him an “ungrateful fool” and a “poor man’s version of Don King.”

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..,” the president tweeted.

“…LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you,” Trump added. “But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

Trump again claimed that the penalty in China for shoplifting is 5-10 years.

The New York Times notes “experts say the players for the U.C.L.A. team, who were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, probably would have been released even if Mr. Trump had not raised the case with President Xi Jinping during a visit this month to Beijing.”

Shoplifting is considered a relatively minor crime in China, and foreigners convicted of minor crimes are often deported rather than given prison sentences.

“It’s nonsense,” Fu Hualing, a law professor at the University of Hong Kong, said of Mr. Trump’s assertion that his intervention was solely responsible for the athletes’ release. “I would be surprised if they were even prosecuted.”

Trump and Ball have gone back and forth through the media since Ball’s son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA players were released from China after being detained for shoplifting earlier this month.

President Trump escalated his increasingly authoritarian rhetoric in a tweet Sunday evening, suggesting he “should have gotten [LaVar’s] son out during my next trip to China instead.”

Rep. Ted Lieu blasted Trump’s attacks, writing: “Dear @realDonaldTrump: As public servants, we help people because it is the right thing to do, not because we want to be praised for it. Also, the US President should never wish for Americans to be locked up in a foreign jail.”

Senator Adam Schiff tweeted: “The President would have left American students in a foreign jail because their families didn’t lavish sufficient praise on him. How can someone in such a big office be so small?’


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