CNN anchor Brian Stelter went off on President Trump this afternoon for his tweet hitting back at the father of the UCLA player who was arrested in China for shoplifting. Fredricka Whitfield put on her best puzzled face and said to Stelter, “the way this President prioritizes is very confusing to a lot of people.”
Stelter noted how this time last year Trump was touting how “restrained” he would be on Twitter:
“If this is restrained, I can’t imagine what it would look like if he were to be unrestrained. I mean, think about this. He’s just recently let the NFL kneeling controversy start to subside, start to fade away, and now here he is calling out these players and the families again. I think it’s immature at best, Fred, but it’s really race-baiting at worst. That’s gonna be debated, that’s gonna be argued about, but I want to put that on the table: it sure looks like race-baiting to a lot of people.”
HOW THE HECK IS THIS RACE-BAITING? This is the same doofus who said President Trump’s tweets about Puerto Rico were “dog whistles”…Why is it always racism with the left? Why?
RACE BAITING? HOW IS THIS RACE BAITING?
HERE’S THE PRESIDENT’S TWEET AND LAVAR BALL’S COMMENT – HOW IN THE HECK IS THIS ANYTHING BUT THE TRUTH?
Oh my gosh! This is awesome! President Trump tweeted back to the dad of the UCLA basketball player who was arrested while in China:
“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!,”
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
THE JAPANESE PM TWEETED BACK HIS SUPPORT:
Great job Donald! I know firsthand that your negotiating skills are world-class! @realDonaldTrump
— Shinzo Abe (@realShinzoAbe) November 19, 2017
HERE’S OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON WHAT THE DAD SAID:
Send this kid back to China! The ungrateful attitude of the father of LiAngelo Ball is so classless. What’s even worse…the dad makes excuses and even dismisses the son’s crime as no big deal:
‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.” – LaVar Ball, father of UCLA player with “sticky fingers”
And we wonder why we have little thugs who aren’t remorseful for their crimes? The sense of entitlement stinks to high heaven! Bad parenting LaVar Ball!
Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with the matter.
“Who?” Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump’s involvement in the situation. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, fired back at Ball on his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon, saying Ball’s son, LiAngelo, “would be in China for a long, long, long time” without the President’s assistance.
“Wannabe @Lakers coach, BIG MOUTH @Lavarbigballer knows if it weren’t for President @realDonaldTrump, his son would be in China for a long, long, long time! #FACT,” Scavino wrote.
LiAngelo Ball, along with two other players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested last week on suspicion of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store while their team was in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Trump had said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene in the case.
On Wednesday, Trump issued a call for gratitude from the players on twitter. He did get a thanks for their release after his tweet.
STICKY FINGERS…NO BIG DEAL?
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero confirmed the trio shoplifted from three stores near their hotel Monday night. The three were identified the next morning after police searched their bags and found the stolen items.
LaVar Ball told ESPN he was happy to have his son back, and also seemed to downplay his alleged crime.
“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” he said. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.”
All three players have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely.