It sounds like the GOP presidential nominee has a strong interest in getting UFC president Dana White front and center for his campaign.
It’s no secret that Donald Trump likes to project a strong air of success. He’s a figure who seems, first and foremost, to want audiences to connect with the idea that he is achieving, that he is a leader focused on an ideal of personal success. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s looking to make the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC) an event focused on that ideal.
And what better way to do that than to bring out people whose success is (to one degree or another) undeniable. Athletes and people in the business of athletics have a very strict and simple definition of success. Are you wining championships? Are you numerically outperforming your peers? If so, you are successful.
Thus, as the New York Times reports, Trump is looking to surround himself on stage at the RNC with a group of successful sports figures who have been strong supporters of his. The list includes Bobby Knight, Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger, Brian France (CEO of NASCAR), and… (you guessed it) Dana White.
Back when the race for the Republican presidential nomination was a multi-horse contest,White came out strongly in favor of Trump, saying “When we first bought this business, it was banned in most states, it wasn’t supported by the ACs, and no arenas wanted this thing. Donald Trump was the first one to have us come out at the Trump Taj Mahal. Not only did we host the events there, he actually showed up and supported the events. You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump.”
Trump spoke of this plan to the assembled crowd at a recent political rally, saying: “Our country needs to see winners. We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”
Now, if Trump was willing to get Tito Ortiz (himself a die hard supporter of the candidate) to follow White on the mic, he might really have a convention to remember.