LeBron James, fresh off the opening of his new public school in Akron, Ohio, is the subject of an online petition that is calling for the Los Angeles Lakers star to replace Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
More than 16,000 people have endorsed the Care2 petition as of Thursday evening, one that asks President Donald Trump – who said in a tweet last week that a CNN interview made James “look smart” – to dump DeVos for James.
“I am very excited by the overwhelmingly positive reception of the petition, but am also unsurprised,” Rebecca Gerber, who started the petition on Tuesday, said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “Its success is undoubtedly due, in part, to the effect of LeBron James as a singular role model in our culture, and his ability to not only be a superstar athlete, but a superstar activist that so many men, women, and children admire.
“People are also clearly frustrated by President Donald Trump’s petty, racist attacks against James and other black athletes, and I hope this petition can send a message to the Administration that we’re fed up.”
Trump has shown no signs of late he’s seeking to replace DeVos, one of the most criticized members of his cabinet. But the petition, even if it’s tongue-and-cheek and won’t lead anywhere, was among the most popular on Care2 this week, a website said in an email to USA TODAY Sports.
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