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) MenendezDems block Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Overnight Defense & National Security — Differences remain between NATO, Russia Senate Democrats unveil bill sanctioning Russia over Ukraine MORE (D) on Monday argued that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death 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 WatersRemedying injustice for the wrongfully convicted does not end when they are released McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day 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 ObamaLabor agency bucks courts to attack independent workers No Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way Biden should pivot to a pro-growth strategy on immigration reform 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.