Replace Betsy DeVos With LeBron James, Online Petition Asks

Thousands petition for LeBron to take over as U.S. Secretary of Education

'Betsy DeVos was hired without ever setting foot in a public school - and she's taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country", the petition continues.

The Care2 petition, which was first posted on Tuesday afternoon, has already garnered more than 9,500 signatures of the 10,000 required.

Since LeBron opened the I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, more than 16,000 people have signed the Care2 petition, which asks President Trump to get rid of DeVos in favor of the four-time National Basketball Association champ.

Trump jabbed James on Twitter on Saturday, calling the new Los Angeles Laker unintelligent after James told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview about his newly opened OH school that Trump uses sports to "divide" Americans.

US President Donald Trump, who was named the sole recipient of the petition, recently mocked James on Twitter, responding to criticism from the four-time NBA MVP over the leader's stance on the National Football League anthem protests.

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"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".

"The coverage made it look like the whole thing is his", said Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools district. "I like Mike!" Trump tweeted in reaction to James' interview.

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.

Last week, James appeared at a grand opening celebration his I Promise School.

Curry adds that people can't allow Trump to divide them. BTW, she has 12 yachts, ' another person pointed out.

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