Writer and journalist Tony Schwartz appeared on CNN to discuss Donald Trump’s recent Twitter attacks on LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player recently released from jail in China.
When asked whether Trump attacked him because of what he said or because of how he looked, Schwartz said, "Both. So first of all, [LaVar Ball] is a tall black man, and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by black people and his only way of dealing with them is to attack them.
Add…— Alamo_on_the_rise (@AlamoOnTheRise) 24 ноября 2017 г.
"Art of the Deal" ghostwriter: Trump is "frightened by black people" pic.twitter.com/fZV1lZc1MA
On Sunday, Trump rocked Twitter with a pair of posts slamming Ball for downplaying his role in releasing his son and two other basketball players, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in China.
"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!" Trump said, adding in another post that Ball was "very ungrateful."
Speaking on CNN, Schwartz also claimed that Trump has "a zero tolerance for any criticism" and attacks anybody who says anything negative about him.
"If he felt fear, he always felt aggression… and a need to put them down," Schwartz added. He, however, presented no proof to his theory which remains nothing but his own assumptions, and they are hardly possible to confirm.
If Donald Trump were racist why the hell would he have SO many black supporters?— Concerned Citizen (@ConcrndCitizen3) 23 ноября 2017 г.
President Trump saved three young black basketball players from serving up to 10 years of hard time in a communist prison in China. But liberals will still call him a racist with no proof.— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) 15 ноября 2017 г.
CNN: Trump is "frightened by black people"— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) 23 ноября 2017 г.
CNN: Kellyanne kneeled on a couch!!! (completely ignoring that Trump invited ALL of the Historically Black College and University Presidents to the Oval Office and promised them more government funding.)
No narratives to be seen here… pic.twitter.com/PrMjsdwi6d
The three UCLA basketball players – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – were arrested on November 7 and released the next day, but ordered to stay in China, pending the results of a police investigation. On November 14, they were allowed to leave the country, and flew back home to the US. The next day, Trump complained about a lack of thanks for his intervention.
In a later interview, Ball refused to recognize Trump's role in releasing his son and the two other players. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out," he told ESPN.