Mike Tyson’s support of Donald Trump has not wavered one bit despite all of the controversy surrounding the man who has emerged as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
The former heavyweight champion expressed his support for the business tycoon-turned-presidential candidate back in October when speaking to HuffPost Live. But back then the idea of Trump making a serious run at becoming the 45th President of the United States was preposterous to some. However, now that Trump is firmly established in the presidential race, Tyson has reaffirmed his position.
While speaking to the New York Post, Tyson expressed empathy for Trump and likened the vitriol that has been directed toward the 69 year old to how he was disliked during his rise through the heavyweight ranks.
“I think it’s a pretty awesome thing that he’s doing so well,” Tyson said. “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.”
Tyson spoke to ‘Good Day New York’ and was asked if he was fully in Trump’s corner. “Yes,” Tyson said. “All day. Every day. Vote Trump.”
Tyson and Trump have a relationship that stretches back to the late 1980s when the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history fought at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. The two have remained friendly with each other ever since and now Tyson has let it be known that he will fully endorse Trump’s run for the White House.
“If you want to get this city out of a dump, you better vote on Trump,” Tyson said.
Although he admits that he’s never endorsed a candidate before, Iron Mike seems to be going full steam ahead with his Trump support.
“He’s an underdog and no one likes the fact that he is winning,” Tyson said. “I know Trump. This is a good thing. Vote on Trump!”
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