It seems nowadays keeping your politics to yourself is an out-of-date, old-fashioned way of approaching things (thanks, bumper stickers and social media). I won’t go into the back-in-my-day rant that’s expected from the guy known around the Champions.co office as the “old, cynical, stoic editor,” but I’ll continue to keep my opinion out of the political stupidity of the internet.
Everyone else, however, will continue to tweet in all caps about how Hilary Clinton is a crook, Donald Trump is a bigot, and Bernie Sanders is a crazy old man. Good for you, internet. I’m good, though.
But when a public sports figure speaks out about who they support in an election, especially one that will decide the next U.S. president, it becomes news. And news is what I like to focus on. When UFC President Dana White publicly revealed that Trump would get his vote, then I had to start covering politics (kind of).
It appears clear now that “The Donald” heard about Dana’s support.
On Saturday the presidential nominee announced that instead of other politicians he wants sports personalities, specifically naming the UFC’s president, to speak at the RNC (editor’s note: that stands for Republican National Convention, and not rear-naked choke).
“Dana White, you know Dana White?” Trump asked a crowd at a rally in Richmond, Virginia, according to the New York Times. “UFC. Guy’s a champion. These are champions.”
Trump rambled on and explained that he wants “champions” and “winners” to be part of the RNC, and not the same politicians whom he said promoted themselves and not the candidate.
It’s true that in most aspects Dana is the kind of winner Trump would want at the convention. After all, Dana and the Fertitta brothers, Frank and Lorenzo, took a failing company in 2002 and made it into the mixed martial arts juggernaut that is today the UFC. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is.
So when the convention takes places later this year, don’t be surprised if Dana is on stage touting Trump for president with the same red-faced, over-the-top enthusiasm as when he’s promoting the next UFC pay-per-view.