Donald Trump loves tough guys. In fact, he loves them so much that he has sung the praises of his thuggish campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, describing his history of putting his hands on reporters and protesters as ‘spirited.’
So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Trump would happily brag about the endorsement of his presidential campaign by boxer Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist and accused wife beater.
At a campaign rally in Indiana, Trump had much praise for Tyson, lauding the abusive rapist as a “tough one.”
But Mike said: ‘I love Trump. I endorse Trump.’ And that’s the end. I’m sure he doesn’t know about your economic situation in Indiana. But when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness.”
Carly Fiorina, who was recently announced as Ted Cruz’s running mate should he win the GOP nomination, told POLITICO the fact that Trump would brag about an endorsement by Mike Tyson speaks to his character.
“Sorry, I don’t consider a convicted rapist a tough guy. And I think it says a lot about Donald Trump’s campaign and his character that he is standing up and cheering for an endorsement by Mike Tyson.”
Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992, three years after his marriage to actress Robin Givens ended. Givens has accused Tyson of being abusive both before and during their marriage. He spent three years in prison for the rape of a beauty pageant contestant, in Indiana, that was described by as brutal.
Conservative Indianapolis radio host Greg Garrison, who was the lead prosecutor in the rape case, lambasted Trump on Thursday.
“A tough one. Well, Mr. Trump, tough is one thing. A serial rapist is quite something else,” said Garrison, who recalled a series of harsh details in the case.
Garrison said the woman was “brutally, horribly raped,” remarking that Tyson “destroyed her life.”
Just as Trump has made excuses for Lewandowski, he has also defended his friend Mike Tyson in the past saying after his conviction in the 1990s that Tyson was railroaded.
It’s no wonder Trump’s unfavorability rating with women was at 70-percent on April 1 according to a Gallup poll. Trump’s decision to brag about an endorsement while in Indiana by a man convicted of rape in Indiana was not the smartest decision. In fact, it is a statement that should not be made anywhere.
But, maybe he just doesn’t care. After all, he’s Teflon Don. Nothing seems to stick.
h/t BizPac Review