LeBron James Replaces Donald Trump's Face with Clown Mask in Potshot at President During Debate

LeBron James has made his disdain for President Donald Trump abundantly clear during the last four years and used the final presidential debate to fire another shot at the Republican incumbent.

"Please vote!" the four-time NBA champion wrote in an Instagram story he shared as Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faced off in a public forum for the final time ahead of the November 3 election.

The story included a split screen picture of the two candidates, with a clown face superimposed on Trump's head.

James has been heavily critical of Trump since the latter pulled off a surprise win in the 2016 elections. In 2017, the four-time MVP labelled the president "a bum" when Trump rescinded an invite to the White House for the Golden State Warriors after their 2017 NBA Finals triumph.

A year later, Trump questioned James' intellect on Twitter and has spent the best part of the last few months criticizing the NBA's support for the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting the league's political stance had severely hit its TV ratings.

James swiftly countered the claims, suggesting neither he nor the NBA community as a whole would lose sleep should Trump follow through on his threat of not watching any games.

However, with the election approaching, James suggested he would rather channel his energies on his campaign to get people to vote, rather than exchanging words with Trump.

"I define success by our people going out and voting," James told The New York Times.

"You know, there's so many stats out there, you can see it every time. Who didn't vote? What counties didn't vote? What communities didn't vote? And a lot of that has had to do with our Black people. So, hopefully, we can get them out and educated and let them understand how important this moment is.

"I don't go back and forth with anybody. And I damn sure won't go back and forth with that guy. But we want better, we want change in our community. We always talk about, 'We want change,' and now we have the opportunity to do that."

James has been one of the leading figures of the More Than a Vote campaign, which focuses on addressing misinformation targeted towards Black voters and aims to ensure Black Americans are registered to vote ahead of Election Day.

The campaign, launched by James and former first lady Michelle Obama, has been supported by several NBA players including Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Last month Paul, the president of the NBA Players Association, said over 90 percent of NBA players were registered to vote at the November 3 elections.

Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes has also supported the campaign, while the NFL and all the 32 franchises have repeatedly encouraged Americans to register to vote and exercise the right next month.

"We believe that Black people, our community, we've been pushed away from our civic duty," James added. "We've been fed misinformation for many years.

"And I'm in a position where I can educate people and, through More Than a Vote, educate people on how important this movement is, and how important their civic duty is. Not only to empower themselves, but to give back to their community as well.

"It's something that we're very passionate about—that I'm very passionate about. I'm happy and honored that I can have these athletes and these influencers and the people that want to be engaged with me as well."

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers with his MVP trophy and Finals trophy after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty