Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has stepped into the political ring, firmly backing Donald Trump in the billionaire tycoon’s bid for the White House in 2016.
Tyson issued his endorsement late Monday on HuffPost Live, saying he would like to see a business-minded commander in chief after eight years of President Barack Obama.
“He should be president of the United States, that’s what he should be,” Tyson said when asked his opinion of Trump.
“Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter,” he added. “Whoever can do the job, gets the job.”
The two celebrity figures have known each other for decades.
Trump hosted the title bout — all 91 seconds of it — between a victorious Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks in Atlantic City in 1988. He has also served as a financial advisor for the boxer, according to the New York Times.
Asked if he was endorsing The Donald, Tyson did not hesitate.
“I would, yeah. I like Trump,” he said.
Trump seized on the publicity, tweeting overnight: “Thanks Iron Mike, greatly appreciated!”
Many see the early months of the primary race as Round 1 in a 12-round title bout that climaxes on election day November 8, 2016.
Trump squares off Wednesday night against nine Republican rivals in their third nationally televised debate of the primary season.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
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But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.