Donald Trump’s long-time friend, Mike Tyson, is coming to the business mogul’s defense. Tyson previously endorsed Donald Trump for president back in October but says that he can now empathize more with Trump as they both “know what it is like when everybody is out to get you.” Tyson says that for the first time in his life, Trump is dealing with increased hostility as the media and protesters attempt to take him out of the presidential running.
The New York Post reports that Mike Tyson is empathizing with Donald Trump as hostility towards the businessman increases. Tyson claims that “everybody” is out to get Trump as he continues to shock the Republican party with an outpouring of support in the primary elections. The former heavyweight champion says he has been close friends with Trump since 1987 when he went undefeated while competing near the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In fact, in 1988, just one year after meeting, Trump was so confident in his friend Tyson that he bid a record-breaking $11 million to have the Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks fight at the Atlantic City Convention Hall next to his hotel.
Since their first meeting, Trump and Tyson have remained good friends and now Tyson says that Trump truly knows what it is like to be “hated.” Tyson says that while Trump has had criticisms in the past, he has likely never experienced anything to this extent.
“Now he knows what it’s like when everybody is out to get you. He’s probably never known that to this extent. All those people he sat down with and gave him [things], now those people are saying, ‘We’ve got to get rid of him at all costs.’”
According to the Daily Mail, Tyson feels like he can empathize with Trump’s plight as he says he knows what it is like to be “hated” by the general public. Tyson experienced a rash of bad publicity after he filed for divorce from his wife, fired his trainer and manager, bit Evander Holyfield’s ear, and was ultimately convicted of raping an 18-year-old teen in 1992.
Despite the fact that Tyson is a convicted rapist and Trump has no such criminal history, Tyson seems to believe that what Trump is experiencing is similar to his plight in the early 90s, noting they are both targets of a media agenda and a public filled with hate. Tyson goes on to say Trump is doing an “awesome thing” and that he is happy that he is doing so well in the presidential race. He says it is unfortunate that people who “fought so hard to get rid of Obama” are now hating on Trump.
“I think it’s a pretty awesome thing that he’s doing so well. People are combining together to make sure he doesn’t win. He’s probably telling himself, ‘They hate me more than they hate [President Barack] Obama.’ You know it’s crazy when people who fought so hard to get rid of Obama would now rather keep him because they hate Trump more than they hate him.”
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Likely due to Tyson’s troubled past, the former heavyweight champion is not campaigning with Trump. However, that isn’t keeping the controversial public figure from speaking out about the problems he sees with the Trump protests and increasing violence against the businessman. Tyson points out that race has nothing to do with the protests or negativity, but rather the inherent “hate” present in humanity.
“There’s so much hate in this country. I don’t care what color you are. You’re just born with that hate in us.”
What do you think about Mike Tyson attempting to sympathize with Donald Trump’s plight as hostility towards the GOP presidential front runner continues to rise?
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