The Oval

Playing Defense

While the group of potential Democratic presidential candidates’ Twitter activity focused on health care this week, President Trump took to Twitter to defend his reputation.

Trump’s top tweet, by retweet, was in reaction to LeBron James’sstatement in a CNN interview that Trump was using sports to divide the nation. Trump’s tweet, making a dig at both CNN anchor Don Lemon’s and James’ intellect, immediately triggered an onslaught of responses from Lemon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and California Sen. – and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate – Kamala Harris. Even First Lady Melania Trump weighed in, saying through her spokesperson that she is supportive of James’ efforts with children.

While the majority of the responses on Twitter were #TeamJames, none of them came close to receiving as many retweets as Trump’s original post.

Is Trump’s focus on defending himself paying off?