Monday, December 21, 2015
Why these Trump endorsements matter
Herschel Walker, Mike Tyson and Dana White are not political titans. In fact, some people may call them naive. And certainly they will not deliver a cache of votes in Iowa. But their support for Donald Trump is endearing, and telling. Each man has had a personal business experience with Trump -- and they remain loyal to him (just as Trump's ex-wives do).
So what do they say? Walker: "He was a guy that always did what he said he was going to do. And he invited me into his home. ...I've gotten to know that family well. I saw the way they were. They were a very good family."
Then there is Tyson, whose friendship with Trump dates back to 1988, when Trump promotes the Tyson-Michael Spinks bout that made Tyson the heavyweight champion of the world: “Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job.”
Then there is White, who heads Ultimate Fighting Championship. White said: "When we first bought this business, it was banned in most states, it wasn't supported by the ACs, and no arenas wanted this thing. Donald Trump was the first one to have us come out at the Trump Taj Mahal. Not only did we host the events there, he actually showed up and supported the events. You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump."
However, White has not formally endorsed him for president.
The three testimonials cited share two things in common: They involve sports and they come from people The Donald made rich. And he made money too. We call that capitalism. It is what we built this country on. And Trump is very good at it.
Which may explain his appeal.