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Donald Trump followers chant ‘LeBron James sucks’ against Lakers star at Pennsylvania rally

Making a last pitch to voters in the hotly contested swing state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump on Monday spoke at a rally about Los Angeles Lakers payer LeBron James, leading to the crowd in attendance chanting against the NBA star.

"How about basketball?" Trump asked while segueing into a tangent about NBA television ratings at a rally in Avoca, Pennsylvania. "How about LeBron? I felt badly for LeBron, very badly. Down 71% and that's with the championship. I didn't watch one shot. I get bored. Back, forth, back, forth. You know why? When they don't respect our country, when they don't respect our flag, nobody wants to watch."

James, the most recognizable player in the NBA, led the Lakers to their 17th championship last month.

"And the NFL is down," Trump continued, still on the topic of TV ratings. "The NFL is way down. You gotta stand for our flag. You gotta really be great to our flag and to our anthem and if you don't do that, we're not watching."

At that point, the crowd assembled repeatedly started chanting "LeBron James sucks."

“LeBron James sucks!” chants at the Trump rally pic.twitter.com/XbSZrhn961

James has been publicly outspoken against Trump and famously called him a "bum" on Twitter in September 2017, after Trump criticized Warriors guard Steph Curry over declining a trip to the White House after Golden State won that year's NBA Finals.

U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

In another tweet earlier that year, James said that Trump made hate "fashionable again" in the United States. James has not endorsed the Democratic Presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, but has pledged to fight voter suppression and encouraged registration and turnout efforts through an organization he is helping lead, "More Than a Vote."

James won his fourth NBA Finals and Finals MVP award when Los Angeles toppled the Miami Heat, 4-2.

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