Mike Tyson On Donald Trump: ‘He Should Be President Of The United States’

Most presidential candidates would not relish a public endorsement from the likes of a convicted rapist, even if the felon in question is pop culture mainstay Mike Tyson. Then again, Donald Trump isn’t exactly a conventional candidate and this election cycle is anything but typical. It is perhaps appropriate, then, that Mike Tyson has emerged as the barbell-tossing strongman in the circus-like atmosphere of the race for president.

The former boxer recently told the Huffington Post that he wholeheartedly endorses the real estate mogul-turned-politician for high office. What was not abundantly clear from their interview, however, is what person or persons would actively seek out Tyson’s opinion when it comes to selecting who should control America’s nuclear arsenal.

“He should be President of the United States … Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job… I like Trump.”

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Donald Trump attends the 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' in 2012 because he is a huge fan of Iron Mike. Huge. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Asked by HuffPost Live journalist Alex Miranda if Trump has earned his vote, Mike Tyson enthusiastically responded, “Hell, yeah. Big time.” Miranda didn’t press Tyson for details regarding the status of registration as a voter, though, which has particular bearing on the matter at hand. A resident of Las Vegas, Tyson lives in a state with some of the most restrictive conditions regarding the voting rights of convicted felons. ProCon.org notes that individuals who are convicted of a violent felony “must seek restoration of their voting abilities.”

As reported by the New York Daily News, Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 following a 13-day jury trial. Although he initially faced a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison for the forcible sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman, Tyson ultimately served three years and a term of parole following his release. He has also been convicted of assault and drug possession.

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Mike Tyson reenacts that time that he tried to bite off Evander Holyfield's ear, this time sampling the lobe of actor Charlie Sheen. Winning. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Although Mike Tyson appears to possess a clear and unwavering opinion regarding Donald Tump’s purported electability, he had some difficulty in expressing to Alex Miranda just why Trump is the man for the job. Asked by Miranda what specifically appeals to him about Donald Trump as a potential president, Mike Tyson struggled to put some qualitative meat on the proverbial bone.