Donald Trump is now miffed he isn’t getting the gratitude he feels he deserves from LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, one of three athletes released last week by the Chinese government after being jailed for shoplifting in the country.
Trump reportedly reached out on the three students behalf after they were accused of shoplifting a pair of high-end sunglasses while in China.
Before the students could even make a statement upon returning to the U.S., Trump wondered on Twitter if the players would thank him for helping them.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
The three players did thank Trump by name at a press conference earlier this week.
But today, Trump is mad the father of one of the players isn’t properly grateful. In fact, Trump is so mad, he says he should have left the three Americans in jail in Chine.
Tweeted Trump: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
The President would have left American students in a foreign jail because their families didn’t lavish sufficient praise on him. How can someone in such a big office be so small? https://t.co/g3oa0o9aBU
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 19, 2017
All will bow to the king and praise him, or rot away in the tower… https://t.co/fk7Fhy6Am4
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 19, 2017
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow(1905-1998)
— James Comey (@Comey) November 19, 2017
November 19, 1863: President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address, widely considered to be one of the most important speeches in American history
November 19, 2017: President Trump fights with LaVar Ball, expresses regret about not leaving American citizens in China
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 19, 2017
Trump is using his criticism of LaVar Ball as a dog whistle to trigger his white supremacist base. Trump has to show that he can put “uppity negroes” in their place
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 19, 2017
LaVar Ball was able to brilliantly troll the President of the United States into mentioning him by name, likely leading to tens of millions in Big Baller Brand sales.
Now I can understand how easy it was for Putin to manipulate this man-child.
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 19, 2017
what does what lavar ball said have to do with liangelo, much less the other two players? so they should all suffer because lavar ball said something you didn’t like? https://t.co/lCZq8co7Aw
— A. Saint (@asaintsound) November 19, 2017