There are 11 swing states in the 2016 presidential election and one of them is Ohio. These battleground states are highly coeveted because there is no single candidate or party that has overwhelming support in obtaining that state’s electoral college votes. On Sunday night, Hillary Clinton got a crucial and influential support in Ohio by garnering the endorsement of the great LeBron James.
The King of Ohio wrote an op-ed for Business Insider where the Akron native backed the Democratic presidential candidate.
The legendary basketball player said he had two mission when coming back to Cleveland: one was to win a NBA title, which his squad won last season, and the second goal was to “make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves.”
LeBron announced that the candidate that best advances the youth of Akron is Hillary Clinton:
When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.
That candidate is Hillary Clinton.
LeBron added that he believes that Hillary “will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama.”
The basketball legend gushed about the Democratic presidential candidate:
Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.
She wants to make sure kids have access to a good education, no matter what zip code they live in. She’ll rebuild schools that are falling apart and put more money into computer science. She’ll make sure teachers are paid what they deserve so they can give everything to their students.
She also has plans to make college a reality for more people in America, especially for those who can’t afford it. My kids in Akron are proof of the hope and motivation that come from knowing college can be in their future, no matter what obstacles they might be facing.
LeBron also discussed the violence between citizens and police officers:
Finally, we must address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs. I believe rebuilding our communities by focusing on at-risk children is a significant part of the solution. However, I am not a politician, I don’t know everything it will take finally to end the violence. But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified. Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together — no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.
There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country. We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Trump has yet to respond to LeBrons’s endorsement, but back in 2013, Trump said LeBron is a “great guy.”
Let’s see if Trump still has the same feelings at 3 in the morning.
You can read the entire op-ed here.