Retired longtime Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant contributed this to the online conversation , suggesting Trump was not living up to his ubiquitous campaign slogan: "A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger.
"In lieu of a visit to the White House," the NBA champions added, "we have decided that we'll constructively use our trip to the nation's capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values we embrace as an organization."
Some in the Washington press corps wrote Saturday that the president is deliberately using Coded Language to appeal to his base of white voters who see themselves as part of an aggrieved group in America, rapidly losing power and influence relative to ethnic and racial minorities.
And Stelter's CNN colleague Chris Cillizza saw something similar , writing Saturday that the context of Trump's criticisms was inherently racial given that both the NBA and NFL have mostly white team owners and mostly black players.
Cillizza went on to point out that Trump's comments Friday and Saturday bore two rhetorical hallmarks that went back to his presidential campaign: using racially coded language and espousing a seemingly simplistic view of the black community.
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