Celebrity endorsements are highly sought after by presidential candidates, and Bernie Sanders just got the most popular UFC fighter in his corner. Ronda Rousey endorsed the senator from Vermont on Tuesday. While there were rumors that Rousey would back Donald Trump, the undefeated bantamweight mixed martial artist made it abundantly clear that she wouldn't be voting for Trump. Rousey told Maxim magazine, "I mean, I wouldn't vote for him.
"I just really wouldn't trust the guy with running my country, that's all. I'm not really going to get into specifics of it, but, I mean, I don't want a reality TV star to be running my country."
The endorsement of Bernie Sanders came about due to his stance on taking money from corporations to finance political campaigns. Like many Sanders supporters, Rousey does not believe that corporations should be financing the campaigns of political hopefuls.
"I'm voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn't take any corporate money," Rousey told Maxim. "I don't think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests."
Sanders has turned down money from multiple sources most notably from Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, according to CNN. Shkreli became known as the "most-hated man in America" after he raised the price of a widely used AIDS medication from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. Sanders gave the $2,700 donation to a clinic in Washington D.C. instead of returning the funds.
Ronda Rousey isn't the only celebrity feeling the Bern. Will Ferrel, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffulo, and Danny Devito are all endorsing the unconventional candidate.