( 4UMF NEWS ) Donald Trump Fires Back At Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
To White House hopeful Donald Trump, even a Hall of Famer can be a total loser.
The Republican frontrunner dashed off a characteristically withering note to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the all-time leading scorer criticized him in a Wednesday column for the Washington Post.
“Kareem — Now I know why the press always treated you so badly — they couldn’t stand you,” Trump wrote in neat block letters over a copy of Abdul-Jabbar’s piece.
“The fact is that you don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again!”
Trump signed off, “Best wishes.”
Abdul-Jabbar, who shared Trump’s putdown on Facebook, called the retort “the best, though inelegant, support for my claims.”
The former Lakers star compared Trump unfavorably to Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders in his piece for the Post, slamming Trump for leaving the campaign trail littered with offensive remarks and threats against reporters who dare question him.
Abdul-Jabbar — who in 2012 became a U.S. global cultural ambassador thanks to then-Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton — called Trump out for going after Fox debate host Megyn Kelly, saying the GOP candidate committed the “political crime” of “attacking the First Amendment’s protection of a free press by menacing journalists.”
Trump compounded that unforced error, Abdul-Jabbar wrote, by having Univision’s Jorge Ramos booted from a news conference in Iowa and by barring Des Moines Register reporters from his events because the paper’s editorial board had called on him to get out of the race.
“Attempting to bully the press to silence criticism of him is anti-American,” wrote Abdul-Jabbar.
Trump “followed up this salvo on the First Amendment with a strike at the 14th Amendment, asserting that he’d like to deny those born in the country their citizenship,” he wrote.
“The biggest enemy to the principles of the Constitution right now is Trump.”
Abdul-Jabbar praised Sanders, the Vermont senator who’s been giving Clinton a run for her money in the Democratic contest, as “a mature, thoughtful and intelligent man” who measures up well against Trump, “a last-call candidate who looks good in the boozy dark of political inebriation.”
Recent polls show Trump as the prohibitive favorite to capture the 2016 Republican nomination.
A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday showed Trump supporters trending more conservative than the GOP primary electorate at large.
His fans, according to PPP, include a notable proportion of likely Republican primary voters who support changing the Constitution to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.
“It’s easy to buy into the Trump mirage because his rising poll numbers indicate he’s actually doing well,” Abdul-Jabbar allowed. “But polls are historically misleading, and his supporters will eventually desert him.”