New York- Two months ago, former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson publicly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for U.S. President.
“He should be president of the United States,” Tyson told HuffPost Live’s Alex Miranda during an interview about his Adult Swim show “Mike Tyson Mysteries.”
According to Tyson, the country needs a business-minded leader to take over after President Obama, and he feels that Trump is perfect for the position.
“Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job,” Tyson said.
When asked by host Miranda if he would “officially endorse” Trump, the American former boxer did not even hesitate to say, yes!
“I would [endorse him], yeah. I like Trump,” he said with conviction.
Donald Trump has allegedly assisted and supported Mike Tyson’s career in the past. Photographs of the pair can be found from his championship days.
Tyson had four wins by knockout at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey back in 1985-1986. It seems like the former champ is returning the favor with his controversial endorsement.
The real estate mogul has lashed out at the Latino community, calling Mexicans rapists and drug addicts among other insults.
He proposed that Muslim Americans carry a special identification card in the U.S. His anti-Muslim rhetoric has gone when he called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States.
The 49-year-old former boxer converted to Islam during his time in prison back in 1992. He made a trip to Mecca and married the daughter of a Muslim scholar.
During a television interview in 2008, Tyson admitted that he does not follow the Muslim tradition like he should (such as not always praying five times a day), adding that Islam is a very big part of his life.
“Being a Muslim is who I am as a person,” he said, admitting that being a Muslim has made him a better individual.
What will Mike Tyson say now about Donald Trump? Will he keep endorsing the man who does not want Muslims in America, or will he defend his faith and the millions of Muslim Americans who feel targeted with the hate speech championed by by his candidate-friend.
Tyson’s endorsement of Trump went viral with many social media users lashing out at him.
“He said where no color matters? Donald trump has used racist scare tactics as a means to win votes that alone should be means for him to be disqualified! But also every person has freedom of speech,” a Facebook user said.
Other users, doubt that Tyson he will still endorse the GOP candidate after his anti-Muslim comments.
“This was before Trump went full-out retard and insulted Muslims. I doubt Mike would vote for him now, Mike Tyson being a Muslim convert,” a user posted.
Mike Tyson Tells HuffPost Live He’s Voting For Donald Trump#Bestof2015: Earlier this year, Mike Tyson endorsed Donald J. Trump for president.
Posted by HuffPost Live on Wednesday, December 23, 2015