Donald Trump HATES it when he's not given his due. Especially on that most hallowed of times for thanking people – the Thanksgiving holiday. He especially hates it when those people are people of color or women. The President has a long history of going after women, or people of color for perceived slights (bonus points if they're both), while failing to do the same any time he's presented with the specter of a white male. Again, we're still waiting for him to respond to Eminem's excellent diss track.
It is no surprise, then, that Trump is now going after the Ball family.
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Patriarch LaVar Ball, as you may recall, is the man responsible the $495 sneaker fiasco.
LaVar Ball has won 2017. In the year of trolling, he is the King of the Trolls and I love it. https://t.co/i7dK14ScAX— Sam Vecenie (@Sam Vecenie)1511235108.0
So, basically, he's a perfect mirror for Trump...according to Merriam-Webster, is a "braggart" or "windbag." In fact, the dictionary even mentions Trump in an example of the word: "But Mr Trump’s blowhard talk risks provoking Iranian hardliners anyway."
The point here is, it was only a matter of time before Trump and Ball would come head to head. And head to head they did, in the most spectacular fashion.
The trio were in China for a UCLA game against GA Tech.
Trump was in China on his grand Asia tour when the boys were detained.spoke personally to Chinese president Xi Jinping to help resolve the issue. “They’re working on it right now," he told reporters during a press conference. "Hopefully everything is going to work out."
Thanks to Trump's intercession, the players were released and sent back home.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford announces that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill remain suspended indefinitely.… https://t.co/YhbnZuqbBW— Jeff Borzello (@Jeff Borzello)1510773199.0
They also thanked Trump during a news conference (and the Chinese police for their nice treatment) as well as apologizing to their school and families.LiAngelo Ball said, reading from a script.
But his father was not so contrite.In an interview with CNN, Ball said, "Did [Mr Trump] help the boys get out? I don't know," adding, "It wasn't like [Mr Trump] was in the US and said, 'OK, there's three kids in China. I need to go over and get them.' That wasn't the thought process." Ball further stated that if he was going to thank anyone, it would be Xi.
Trump, of course, was not pleased.He blasted Ball on Twitter, saying, "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!" You'd think that would be the end of it, right?
Wrong! Ball came back mouthier than ever, questioning why the President was so concerned about his words.
Of course, this incensed Trump, who quickly shot off a Tweet-storm early Wednesday morning.
It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017