Is Mark Cuban considering a run for the presidency of the United States? The Dallas Mavericks owner took a break from his courtside antics recently to write the following statement on email to CNBC.
“If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”
Other celebrity entrepreneurs who have caught the presidential bug are antivirus software company founder John McAfee and rapper and record producer Kanye West. McAfee filed his candidacy for president with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, while West announced his 2020 presidential bid during his MTV Video Music Awards speech on August 30.
According to Newsmax, Mark Cuban, 57, said he was “not at all” serious regarding an actual 2016 run for the U.S. presidency. He wanted to make the point that Donald Trump has changed the game and has a much stronger command of it than the rest of the candidates.
On Monday, Cuban hosted a mega-rally at his Dallas arena for Trump. Some 15,000 cheered inside and more than 1,000 heckled outside while Trump rambled about his killer poll numbers, his evangelistic leanings, and whether or not to accept large contribution offers from supporters to the tune of $200 million. It was one of his longest campaign speeches to date.
Cuban is a loud courtside presence and has been fined by the NBA, at least $1.665 million for 13 incidents, making disparaging remarks about the league and referees.
While speculation is rife about Cuban considering a run for presidency, John McAfee, 70, has come out of the closet as a third party candidate. According to CNBC, his campaign is based on the loss of privacy and the loss of freedom and a government that is dysfunctional and “a little bit sick in the head.” The internet security guru allegedly staged a heart attack in Guatemala enabling him to flee to the U.S., while authorities in Belize sought to question him regarding the murder of a neighbor.
As for 37-year-old Kanye West running for the presidency in 2020, he made this follow-up statement to his declaration of intent at the V.M.A.
“If I win, everyone gets Yeezys.“
To the knowledgeable, he was referring to his expensive line of Adidas shoes.
After Cuban, McAfee, and West, could there be other billionaires like Trump considering a run for the top office of the land?
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