NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivered one of the Democratic National Convention’s best jabs at Donald Trump, succinctly skewering the GOP nominee’s bigotry with a joke invoking another famous basketball player.
Abdul-Jabbar made a brief appearance at the convention Thursday evening to introduce the father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, one of 14 American Muslims who has died serving in the military since 9/11.
“I’m Michael Jordan, and I’m here with Hillary,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
Abdul-Jabbar, who was named U.S. cultural ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012, detailed how Khan’s story stands in direct contrast to Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.
“At its core, discrimination is a result of fear,” he said. “Those who think Americans scare easily enough to abandon the country’s ideals in exchange for a false sense of security underestimate our resolve. To them, we say only this: Not here, not ever.”
Watch the clip above.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist