LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton for President in Op-Ed

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It's not quote 2010's The Decision, but LeBron James informed the world of a choice that will affect much more than hoops fans that did or didn't want to see the Cleveland Cavaliers star play for the Miami Heat earlier this deciade.

In an op-ed published by Business Insider and the Akron-Beacon Journal, the four-time MVP endorsed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for president over businessman and moldy shower curtain filled with regurgitated cheese puffs Donald Trump.

James cited his extensive work with the LeBron James Family Foundation, Wheels for Education, and the Akron I PROMISE Network, and pointed to Clinton's track record of aiding in the fight for children's rights and education—possibly her greatest accomplishment as a public servant.

"When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing," James wrote. "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.

"I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.

"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 also has plans to make college a reality for more people in America, especially for those who can’t afford it," he continued. "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."

In addition to their shared stance on the importance of education, LeBron believes Hillary is the better candidate for the job of tackling racial injustice and violence in America. James and his friends Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul made a plea to end violence during the ESPYs in July.

"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."

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