Donald Trump’s turning the Republican convention into the ESPYs! Instead of inviting actual politicians to the GOP’s July event in Cleveland, Donald’s reportedly wants sports icons like Mike Ditka, NASCAR’s Brian France and boxing legend, Mike Tyson!
The Republican National Convention, in Donald Trump’s words, is going to be “huge.” The 70-year-old ex-Celebrity Apprentice star is making sure that when he accepts the GOP’s nomination for the 2016 Presidential election, he’s surrounded by some of the biggest stars ever! He’s not talking Paul Ryan, 46, Mitch McConnell, 74, or any other politician — Trump wants the best from the world of sports!
Donald’s campaign aides are working hard to secure a lineup of sports legends for the GOP convention in Cleveland, sources tell Bloomberg Politics. Some of the people Donald’s team want to appear include: ex-Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, 49; former Indiana University basketball coach, Bobby Knight, 75; NASCAR CEO and chairman, Brian France, 53; and former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, 49.
“Mike Tyson endorsed me, I love it,” Donald said during a political rally in Indiana in April 2016. “You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that.” Of course, not everyone was thrilled Donald was proud that Mike, a man who served three years in prison for raping Desiree Washington in 1991, gave him the thumbs up.
Mike’s not the only one with a violent past. Bobby Knight is also known as the coach who couldn’t control his anger, per Sports on Earth. He famously threw a chair onto the court during a 1985 game, earning himself an ejection. That may be the most famous incident but it’s not the worst as Bobby once choked Indiana player Neil Reed during a 1997 practice. Yikes.
It’s not unusual for celebs to appear at political conventions – remember how Clint Eastwood, 86, talked to an empty chair at the 2012 RNC event? However, Donald has dissed the report that he’s trying to get Tyson to deliver a knockout speech.
“Iron Mike Tyson was not asked to speak at the convention,” Donald tweeted on June 28. “Though, I’m sure he would do a good job if he was.” Well, since the convention takes place from July 18 to 21, there will be plenty of times for Mike or any other sports star to encourage voters to pick Donald for president.
What do you think about Donald’s campaign reportedly inviting sports stars to make an appearance at the convention, HollywoodLifers? Do you think that’s a good idea?