A Change.org petition has been launched that calls for the removal of Donald Trump from the WWE Hall of Fame.
The petition is directed to Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and several other WWE executives, including the boss, Vince McMahon.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, beginning his WWE relationship by hosting both Wrestlemania 4 and Wrestlemania 5 at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, Trump’s most memorable stint with WWE was the Battle of the Billionaires storyline with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in the buildup to Wrestlemania 23.
Trump, the current front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and who has previously compared one of the contentious GOP debates to the WWE, was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
Citing the precedent set by the scrubbing of Hulk Hogan from the WWE Hall of Fame because his racially charged statements were fundamentally inconsistent with the WWE commitment to diversity, the wrestling fan who launched the anti-Trump petition suggests that the professional wrestling organization should take similar action.
“Consistent with this statement, WWE should remove Donald Trump from the Hall of Fame for his derogatory comments about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, Muslims and other minority groups…There is broad bipartisan ridicule and opposition to his fear-mongering, ignorant proposal on banning Muslims from entering the United States…Donald Trump has no place in the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame.”
About 2,000 people have signed the petition as of this writing to kick out the ex-Celebrity Apprentice star from the WWE Hall of Fame.
— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) December 11, 2015
In September, Former WWE wrestler Virgil took credit for Donald Trump’s brash persona and self-confidence/swagger. Virgil is perhaps best known for portraying the bodyguard for heel Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar Man, in the then World Wrestling Federation. Virgil told TMZ that he allegedly took The Donald under his wing (or bicep perhaps) when they crossed paths at WWE shows during Virgil’s heyday in the organization.
Separately but somehow related to in-ring action, at least figuratively speaking, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, one of Trump’s rivals, has declared that he won’t get into a rhetorical “cage match” with Trump to help the very worried GOP establishment undermine the bombastic businessman’s path to the presidential nomination of that party.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 11, 2015
In an interview to air on Fox News on Sunday, Trump advises the hand-wringing Republican bigwigs that they have to get used to the idea of him capturing the nomination. He has previously warned that he could go third party if he is treated unfairly by the GOP.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 11, 2015
Former Trump aide Roger Stone insists that the latest in an ongoing series of controversial and divisive Trump remarks and proposals, i.e., to temporarily halt Muslim immigration to the U.S., won’t derail his candidacy. “Incredibly Trump’s rivals and critics have still not figured out that establishment attacks on Trump only galvanized his substantial lead in the polls and make the possibility that he could run the table in the early caucuses and primaries… Unhinged attacks on Trump that reached near hysterical levels this week only reinforce Trump’s status as an outsider as voters increasingly lump big media with big government and big business in their disgust.”
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