LeBron James Urges Americans to Vote Joe Biden: 'We Need Everything to Change'

LeBron James has issued a last-minute plea urging Americans to vote in the presidential elections on November 3 and reiterating his support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The Los Angeles Lakers star has long been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and has thrown his weight behind Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, the first-ever Black woman on a major-party presidential ticket.

Through the More Than A Vote initiative, which he launched alongside former first lady Michelle Obama, James has actively campaigned to address misinformation targeted towards Black voters and to ensure Black Americans are registered to vote ahead of Election Day.

As millions of Americans prepared to head to the poll on November 3, James renewed his plea by posting a picture of Biden and Harris on his Facebook and Instagram profile.

"One more day. Please vote. We need everything to change and it all starts tomorrow," the four-time NBA champion wrote as a caption.

Speaking to the New York Times last month, James explained he wanted to use his platform to address the feeling of disenchantment among the Black community, which he suggested stemmed from years of misinformation.

"We believe that Black people, our community, we've been pushed away from our civic duty," the four-time NBA Finals MVP explained. "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."

Throughout his first term, Trump has repeatedly criticized James' political stance and that of fellow professional athletes who have publicly backed Biden.

The Republican incumbent has previously claimed the NBA Finals ratings suffered because people had "zero interest" in watching a sport, whose many stars had embraced political activism.

The president wheeled out the familiar refrain on Monday, while speaking at a rally in Avoca, Pennsylvania.

"How about LeBron?," Trump asked the crowd.

"I felt badly for LeBron. I felt very badly. [The NBA Finals ratings were] down 71 percent [...] I didn't watch one shot. I got bored. Back, forth, back, forth. You know why? When they don't respect our country, when they don't respect our flag, nobody wants to watch. Nobody."

Trump's speech was interrupted by his supporters chanting "LeBron James sucks!", prompting the president to marvel about the reaction of the attendees.

"What a crowd," he said.

Pennsylvania, like James' home state of Ohio, is one of critical swing states both Trump and Biden are looking to secure on November 3.

According to FiveThirtyEight's average of the presidential election polls, Biden led Trump by 4.7 points in Pennsylvania, while the president was 0.8 points ahead in Ohio.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to the start of Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Lakers defeated the Heat to win a first NBA title in 10 years. James has taken to social media to urge Americans to vote Joe Biden. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty