Replace Betsy DeVos With LeBron James, Online Petition Asks

Melania Trump Her pink dress marked her out in a sea of suits

Melania Trump Her pink dress marked her out in a sea of suits

The petition has been signed by almost 8,500 people as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

James and current Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, are each of the two "candidates" listed on the petition.

Created by Rebecca G. of The Care2 Community project, the petition was launched a week after James opened a new elementary facility in OH called "I Promise School" for at-risk youngsters from under-privileged backgrounds.

"I know that's [sic] it's unlikely that Lebron James would give up his highly successful career - especially since he has been generous enough to use that influence to be an inspirational community and youth advocate for millions".

US First Lady Melania Trump was among those who later supported James, praising him for opening the school and adding that the player "is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation".

This push comes just days after President Trump controversially tweeted Friday suggesting that James isn't smart: "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

The Golden State Warrior, who has a contract with Under Armor through 2024, made the remark shortly after the CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, called Trump an "asset" to the country in an interview with CNBC.

James recently opened his I Promise school, which will serve predominantly low-income students in Akron, Ohio.

The president's comments led many to take to Twitter to argue that James would be a much better choice for secretary of education than DeVos.

Not everyone was applauding James educational endeavors.

While LeBron James is preparing for a new National Basketball Association season with the Los Angeles Lakers, there are plenty of people who would like to see him take his talents to D.C. Meanwhile Betsy DeVos makes it easier for scammers to scam'.

The people have spoken - and they want King James.

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