LeBron James has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (You Go Hills!!!)
— Jill Munroe (@StilettoJill) October 3, 2016
The Akron, Ohio-based NBA star exclusively announced his decision in an op-ed published on Business Insider Sunday evening.
— Rhonda Kazmierski (@KazmierskiR) October 3, 2016
In the op-ed, James wrote that his endorsement decision came down to a few factors.
— Arlene Santana (@arlene_santana) October 3, 2016
James has spent significant time and money building up his hometown of Akron, mentoring local students and, in some cases, paying for their college tuition through the LeBron James Family Foundation. He said he feels Clinton is the only candidate who “understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.” He says to the Business Insider
Additionally, James said the US needs a president who will bring the country closer.
“I do know we need a President who brings us together and keeps us unified,” he wrote in the op-ed. “Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solutions. We must all stand together no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.” He added to Business Insider
— Jon Óttar (@jonothar) October 3, 2016
James endorsement could aid Clinton in one of the election’s critical swing states, Ohio, where she and Donald Trump are currently battling for votes. Recent polls have shown Trump with a slight lead in the bellwether state.
It’s somewhat unusual for an athlete like James, who has hundreds of millions of sponsorship dollars on the line, to take a stand. But increasingly, athletes are making their opinions known on hot-button issues.
— REVOLT TV (@RevoltTV) October 3, 2016
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