Dem senator: Trump wouldn't have criticized LeBron if he were white

Dem senator: Trump wouldn't have criticized LeBron if he were white

New Jersey Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezVOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage Bottom line Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE (D) on Monday argued that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE's criticism of NBA star LeBron James and CNN's Don Lemon was racially motivated.

Menendez wrote in a series of tweets that Trump's attacks on African-Americans were "heartbreaking," listing past events in which the president has been accused of racism or making offensive remarks.

His commentary follows Trump's weekend tweet referring to Lemon as "the dumbest man on television" and saying he had made James look smart during an interview, which according to Trump "isn't easy to do."

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"Let's just say it - if LeBron James was white, President Trump never would have questioned his intelligence or his charity work. How do I know? Let's check the history..." Menendez tweeted.

"Trump's attacks on [Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' Bill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Waters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: 'They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power' MORE (D-Calif.)] follow a troubling pattern of white supremacists suggesting people of color have lower IQs than whites," the senator continued. Trump often refers to Waters as a "low IQ person" at his rallies.

"He couldn’t believe President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Hearing for Twitter hack suspect Zoom-bombed by porn, rap music Read: Sally Yates testimony MORE could have possibly been accepted at Harvard and Columbia," Menendez continued. "He even suggested Obama release records to prove he was smart enough."

"And of course, he refused to condemn the KKK or disavow the endorsement of David Duke during the 2016 campaign," Menendez added in another tweet. Trump disavowed the former Ku Klux Klan leader's endorsement in February 2016 after initially appearing to avoid discussing it.

"Our President’s history on this issue is heartbreaking, maddening, and disgusting. But my commitment to racial justice will never waiver, and I urge my colleagues to stand strong as well," the senator concluded.

Lemon responded to Trump on his program Monday night and also accused the president of trafficking in "racism" and "bullying."

“Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present: That black people are of inferior intelligence," Lemon said Monday night.

"This president constantly denigrates people of color — and women," he added.