President Trump on Thanksgiving morning did not help ease the tension in his ongoing public spat with the father of a UCLA basketball player when he responded to a tweet in which a Washington Post opinion writer described how Mr. Trump’s treatment of LaVar Ball is a part of a larger trend in how he treats prominent African-Americans.
“New post: Trump’s rage-tweets about LaVar Ball are a part of a pattern,” Greg Sargent wrote on Twitter Wednesday, along with a link to his opinion piece. “Trump regularly attacks high-profile African Americans to feed his supporters’ belief that the system is rigged for minorities.”
Twenty hours later, from his club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, the president responded to Sargent’s tweet with a single line, in all caps: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
It’s unclear if the president’s intention was to respond to the tweet. Thirteen minutes later, the president tweeted the same line in a separate tweet. CBS News has reached out to the White House for comment.
In his opinion piece, Sargent theorized that Mr. Trump, “regularly goes out of his way to attack prominent African Americans not just to ‘stoke the culture wars,’ as this euphemism often has it — but, more precisely, to stoke the sense among many of his supporters that the system is unfairly rigged on behalf of minorities, and that he’s here to put things right.”