Mike Tyson and Herschel Walker are still in Donald Trump’s corner when it comes to his run for the presidency.
In October, Tyson declared that Trump should be president of the United States, and he still maintains his support for the real estate mogul despite The Donald’s controversial plan to temporarily halt Muslim immigration to the U.S., a proposal which prompted a backlash against the ex-Celebrity Apprentice star across the ideological spectrum.
The TMZ cameras caught up with Mike Tyson at the airport (one of the gossip site’s favorite stakeout locations) and asked the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world about the bombastic GOP front-runner’s controversy du jour has changed his opinion.
Tyson’s response shows that he hasn’t backed off from his support for his fellow member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
“He’s still ahead in the polls. He deserves a chance. If they don’t like him, they shouldn’t vote for him, but they appear to like him…Hey listen, anybody that was ever President of the United States offended some group of people…”
With regard to the polls that Tyson alluded to, a just-out survey from Monmouth University suggests that Trump has the commanding support of 41 percent of the GOP-leaning electorate nationwide, a new high, Politico reported, although a separate poll indicates that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has surged into first place in Iowa.
“Mike Tyson isn’t abandoning Donald Trump over his proposed Muslim ban — even though he’s Muslim — telling TMZ Sports saying offensive stuff is par for the course with U.S. presidents,” TMZ summarized.
Ex-football star Herschel Walker, who played for the Donald Trump-owned New Jersey Generals in the fledgling United States Football League before going to the NFL, is still a member of Team Trump, again according to TMZ, even though he appears not to agree with all of the candidate’s policy positions.
“Look, we can’t build a wall and not let people in the country… But we do have to get this country safe. We have to quit being politically correct. We have to do what’s right to save America… I guarantee you [Donald] would do better than a lot of people in office now. That I can tell you for a fact. Donald has said what he’s said, but his numbers haven’t gone down. That’s a sign he is saying the things that people think, but are afraid to say themselves. Donald is saying what people want to hear.”
Herschel Walker was also a contestant on Season 2 of the Celebrity Apprentice when he heard the famous words “you’re fired” in week seven from Donald Trump in the reality show competition ultimately won by the late Joan Rivers.
Like him or hate him, Donald Trump seems to inspire loyalty from those who know him personally. UFC president Dana White, for example, said last week that Donald Trump has his vote for president not because of anything to do with politics, but because Trump backed the mixed martial arts organization when White was struggling to keep the business afloat.
Separately, the 69-year-old billionaire and first-time candidate has received a “historic” clean bill of health from his long-time personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, in a letter released by the Trump campaign.
“Over the past 39 years, I am pleased to report that Mr. Trump has had no signficant medical problems…his physical strength and stamina are extraordinary…he has no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products. If elected, Mr. Trump…will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
On the campaign trail, Trump has mocked both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton for what he describes as their lack of energy and stamina.
The GOP candidates meet for a televised debate in Las Vegas tomorrow night at which time Donald Trump will presumably have to defend his Muslim non-immigration plan from strong condemnation by the other candidates on the stage as well as from the moderators.
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