The rich and famous aren’t exactly known for their conservative tendencies, especially those who spend significant amounts of time in the public eye. Stars and celebrities seem to somehow always land on the left side of the aisle, no matter the issue. As a result, most conservatives assume automatically that anybody with notoriety must be a liberal. However, that isn’t necessarily the case, especially not for these 24 celebrities.
The celebrities on this list are coming out strong in their support for Donald Trump this election year, and they don’t care what their leftist peers in Hollywood say about it.
#1: Tom Brady
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady hasn’t officially endorsed Trump, but he has been spotted with a “Make America Great Again” cap in his locker and has said great things about The Donald in the past.
When asked by one reporter if Trump could win the election, Brady said, “I hope so. That would be great. There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn, I’m sure of that.”
Trump has actually said he didn’t want Brady’s endorsement, but not because he doesn’t respect the quarterback.
“He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to,” Trump told WEEI-FM (via CBS) in February.
Brady endorsing Trump seems a natural fit. After all, both were never given a chance at first by pundits. Both are proven winners. Both have gorgeous supermodels for wives. And both are known for killer hair.
#2: Hulk Hogan
Terry Gene Bollea — better known to the world as Hulk Hogan — has also gotten on board the Trump Train, BROTHER. The legendary WWE superstar has been in the ring since time immemorial, and now he’s throwing his considerable girth behind Trump.
When asked by celebrity ambulance chaser TMZ last September what presidential candidate he would most like to be in the ring with, he responded, “I don’t want to be in the ring with any candidates, I want to be Trump’s running mate … Did you hear that? Vice President Hogan?”
We probably should have seen this one coming. After all, Hogan is also known for his hair, and has told us how he’s a “Real American:”
#3: Paul O’Neill
As a Yankees fan since the dark days of the late ’80s, when Alvaro Espinoza was the second-best player on the team (if you’re asking “who?” … exactly), Paul O’Neill will always hold a special place in my heart. The right fielder came to the Bronx Bombers from the Cincinnati Reds in 1993 and was a major catalyst in the Yanks’ four World Series titles between 1996 and 2000.
Now a Yankees broadcaster, O’Neill still has time to endorse and help Trump campaign. He appeared at aTrump press conference at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, after a night of primaries in early March. Trump even told O’Neill, “I love you!” during the press conference.
Needless to say, liberals lost their uplink to reality rather quickly. “Finding out Paul O’Neill supports Trump is like finding out Santa brings toys to ISIS,” an SNL writer tweeted, according to the New York Daily News. Tolerant liberals: always supporting freedom of thought, so long as it’s theirs.
We still love you, Paul. Well, except for my editor, who is a
blight on humanity Red Sox fan. (If he’s supporting the Republican nominee, he gets a pass. — Ed. Note)
#4: Jon Voight
The actor and father of Angelina Jolie has always been one of Hollywood’s most visible conservatives, especially unusual for someone who came out of the über-left New Hollywood movement of the 1970s. However, even with that, some were shocked when Voight came out full-bore for Trump.
“I, Jon Voight, can say, without hesitation, that Donald is funny, playful, and colorful, but most of all, he is honest,” he said in a March statement to Breitbart. “When he decided to run for president, I know he did it with a true conviction to bring this country back to prosperity. He is the only one who can do it. No frills, no fuss, only candid truths.”
“(H)e’s got people attacking him from every side,” Voight added. “It’s not right — as if Trump were the danger to our country. He’s a patriot, and the people are responding because they know it’s exactly what has to happen. Somebody has got to get in there and clean it out — even take the paint off.”
#5: Dennis Rodman
The first of many surprises on this list, Dennis Rodman has been known for his unconventional behavior and liberal lifestyle. “The Worm,” as he is colloquially known, won five NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s. He’s also appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice,” which is how he knows The Donald.
Even though he’s equally well known for his licentious lifestyle as he is for his rebounding prowess, Rodman came out for Trump in a tweet.
“(Trump) has been a great friend for many years,” Rodman said. “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016.” Who knew?
#6: Willie Robertson
Number six on our list is a bit less of a surprise. Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” has been an outspoken conservative for years, along with other members of his family. It seems only natural that he would go with Trump.
However, many believed that the Duck Commander clan would be going with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz early in the campaign when family scion Phil Robertson decided to endorse him.
Just days later, however, Willie Robertson came out for Trump.
“Mr. Trump is a real leader,” Robertson said, according to Breitbart. “He represents success and strength, two attributes our country needs. Like me, he is a successful businessman and family man and I endorse his candidacy for President of the United States.”
Trump quickly reciprocated.
“I am truly honored to receive Willie’s endorsement,” Trump said. “He is a great person, has had tremendous success and a really terrific family. He believes in my message and knows that I am the only one who will Make America Great Again!”
#7: Johnny Damon
Another Yankee makes his way onto this list, although Damon is arguably best known as one of the players who helped the Boston Red Sox end “the curse” and brought the city its first World Series championship in over 75 years back in 2004.
“I want (Trump) for president,” Damon told the New York Daily News back in March. “I’m a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, (Trump) is bringing us up to speed.”
“Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it,” he added.
“If (Trump) needs me anywhere, I’ll be there. He’s a good friend.”
#8: Gary Busey
Another surprise on the list, Busey was also involved with “Celebrity Apprentice,” as well as numerous other reality shows. The actor, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Buddy Holly in “La Bamba,” is better known of late for his reality TV antics.
“I know him personally. I know him professionally. He’s a great guy,” Busey told Fox News. “He’s sharp. He’s fast. He can change the country after the last eight years.”
During his appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” last year, Fallon (in character as Trump), asked Trump during a sketch whether he thought Gary Busey should be his vice president.
“Look, I love Gary,” Trump responded. “He’s fantastic. But more of a Supreme Court justice in my opinion.”
#9: Mike Tyson
In spite of ups and downs in his personal life, “Iron” Mike Tyson is enjoying a career resurgence at the moment. The former boxer has appeared in a cartoon and a one-man Broadway show, among other endeavors.
He also is a Trump supporter, having known the presumptive Republican nominee since the 1980s when some of Tyson’s biggest fights were held at Trump’s casinos.
“I’ve been through a lot in life. And I know him,” Tyson told The Daily Beast. “When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family. None of them — Barack, whoever — nobody else does that. They’re gonna be who they are and disregard me, my family.
“So I’m voting for him. If I can get 20,000 people or more to vote for him, I’m gonna do it.”
#10: Kid Rock
The “American Badass” singer has never been one to shy away from controversy, especially when it comes to patriotism. So it’s probably no surprise that Detroit’s most rockingest is getting behind Trump.
“I’m digging Trump,” Mr. Rock, Esq., told Rolling Stone before the Iowa caucuses. “I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same s***.”
“My feeling: let the motherf***ing business guy run it like a f***ing business. And his campaign has been entertaining as s***.”
#11: Azealia Banks
Proof that Trump can draw all over the political spectrum, rapper Azealia Banks is best known for her vulgar Twitter rants on white privilege and in support of liberal subjects.
However, the hip-hop star made news when she decided to endorse Trump on the social media platform, saying that “Trump just wants the U.S to be lavish…. for all of us.”
“He’s not a symbol of hatred. The Liberal Media have programmed us to feel a way about words. When they’re just that,” she continued.
“I think Trump is the only one who truly has the balls to bust up big business,” Banks added. “Hillary is too tied in with them and Bernie has no clout.”
#12: Jack Nicklaus
It wasn’t too long ago when almost everyone was sure a certain Nike spokesman was going to overtake the legendary “Golden Bear” on the list of all-time PGA majors won. But now, even 30 years after his last major win at the Masters in 1986, Nicklaus still remains atop that list.
“I don’t want to get political in this, but I like what Donald has done,” Nicklaus said in an appearance on CBS. “I like that he’s turning America upside down. He’s awakening the country.”
“He’s not stupid. He didn’t get where he was being dumb,” Nicklaus added. “I like the guy. He’s a good man. And certainly if he’s the one that’s on the ticket, I’ll be voting for him.”
#13: Dean Cain
Who needs anyone else when Superman is on your side?
Dean Cain, who rose to fame playing Clark Kent (and his phone booth-frequenting alter-ego), told “Fox & Friends” last month that he was on the Trump Train, if perhaps by default.
“I’m not voting for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, so I guess that makes me a Trump guy,” he said.
#14: Scott Baio
Joanie may love Chachi, but it seems that Chachi loves Trump — for president, that is.
Baio, the former “Happy Days” and “Charles in Charge” star, has long been known to support Republican causes. At the height of his fame, he bucked the Hollywood left to campaign for Ronald Reagan.
“It’s very simple, because when he speaks I understand him,” Baio told Judge Jeanine Pirro back in March. “He speaks like I speak, he communicates with people very well. I want him, as any one person can do, to go into Washington and blow it up.
“They’re going to attack whomever the Republican nominee is,” he added. “We need somebody to relentlessly, relentlessly attack Hillary. It’s the only way we’re going to win. I’m trying to be a classy guy, but to win elections nowadays, the Democrats and liberals attack viciously.”
#15: Holly Holm
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Holly Holm went from “who?” to household name last November when she obliterated previously undefeated UFC star Ronda Rousey to win the bantamweight championship.
While Holm hasn’t come out guns a’blazing for The Donald, she has told TMZ that she likes the idea of a Trump presidency, noting that, “He seems to get stuff done.”
Making Holm’s kinda-endorsement (and victory) even sweeter, Rousey is an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders.
#16: Wayne Newton
If Donald Trump hopes to take the presidency, he’s probably going to have to win Nevada. Well, he can rest safe in the knowledge that he has one very big vote in the city of Las Vegas: entertainer Wayne Newton.
“Number one, he tells the truth,” Newton told “Fox & Friends.” “Number two, he’s been where most of these guys want to be, in terms of riding on his own plane. He doesn’t have to worry about what hotels he stays in, he doesn’t have to worry about how his family gets to Hawaii, so on and so forth.
“I could give you so many reasons,” the 73-year-old singer added. “But most of all, most important I think for Mr. Trump, is he tells it like it is.”
Danke schoen, Mr. Newton.
#17: Omarosa Manigault
Given that Omarosa Manigault is mostly famous because of her appearance on “The Apprentice,” this is fairly unsurprising. However, her level of support for the candidate is impressive. Back at the height of the Trump-Megyn Kelly feud, Manigault appeared on CNN to defend The Donald.
“Donald Trump does not have a woman problem,” Manigault said.
“I think this is the equivalent to going through somebody’s trash and cherry-picking the things you think will bring down his campaign. Going through comments Donald Trump has made in the last 30 years is just the lowest form of journalism.
“Yes, he’s said things off the cuff, but to take them and use them and try to apply them to all women, just because he doesn’t like Rosie O’Donnell, doesn’t mean he hates all women,” she added. “I think it’s ridiculous to paint with such a broad brush. He does not have a woman problem.”
#18: Jesse James
Motorcycle customizer, reality TV star and certified badass Jesse James came out for Trump, whom he met during his time on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“I actually think Donald Trump had no idea who I was or what I actually did for a living,” James wrote in an Instagram post. “Over the next month I was able to observe him and his kids in their day to day routine. What I saw was a person that treated everyone with respect. Even the (Hispanic) guys in the mail room. He had coffee from the coffee machine and BS’d with them every single morning.”
“What I personally observed is a man that is perfect suited to run this country,” he continued. “He is respectful to the little guy (which shows he worked hard to get where he is) and he is also tough as nails when he needs to be.”
#19: Loretta Lynn
If you don’t know who Loretta Lynn is, I’m not quite sure we can be friends.
The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” singer is a country music legend with an audience that spans generations, having worked with everyone from Conway Twitty to Jack White of the White Stripes.
In an interview with Time, Lynn expressed her support for Trump:
“He’s got a lot of energy. What he says he’s going to do, I think he can do. But I hope to heck he don’t mess that up.”
#20: Ted Nugent
Regular readers of Conservative Tribune need no introduction to this rock legend.
To those who aren’t regular readers and are unfamiliar with The Nuge, let me put it like this: Ted Nugent is about as awesomely American as being served a bacon-wrapped prime rib stuffed with filet mignon by Abraham Lincoln and General Patton during a fireworks display at a gun range with a flyover by A-10s. If you don’t like that, get out of my sight.
In a piece for WND, Nugent defended Trump while criticizing his establishment opposition: “Donald Trump’s biggest critics all believe that the engine of all things good and serious emanates from the professional Fedzillacrats who apparently enjoy wallowing in the said goo of Washington, D.C.”
“Our forefathers wouldn’t recognize the political labyrinth our professional politicians have created. The very things our forefathers warned us not to do as it pertains to embracing a centralized, powerful federal government is the very cliff our professional politicians have steered the Goodship America straight off of,” he continued.
“Donald Trump’s message sings to Americans because he doesn’t play politically correct brain-dead games. He calls them like he sees them. That’s refreshing to millions of Americans who believe political correctness is a public cancer that has eroded free speech and everything else good about America,” he said. “Donald Trump should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest and straight-forward manner.”
#21: Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka is one of three men to have taken Super Bowl titles as both a player and a head coach, winning as a tight end for the 1971 Dallas Cowboys and as da’ coach of da’ Bears in 1985. (For trivia buffs, the other two men are Tony Dungy and Tom Flores.)
Now an NFL analyst with ESPN, Ditka offered some typically blunt praise for Trump.
“I do like Donald Trump. I think he, sometimes he’s gotta think a little bit more before he says things, but I think he’s on the right track,” Ditka said. “I think that he has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way. I do like him, yes. I do like him.”
For his part, Trump responded that, “I’d love to have Mike involved in some capacity. Why? Because Mike knows how to win and our politicians don’t.”
#22: Piers Morgan
Perhaps the most shocking name on this list, British media icon and noted liberal Piers Morgan gave a tacit endorsement to Trump after he interviewed him for British television.
“I spoke to Trump for 40 minutes,” Morgan wrote in the U.K. Daily Mail. “He was, as you’d expect, bombastic, defiant and self-congratulatory. Why wouldn’t he be? He’s ripped up every political rulebook to take this presidential race by storm, a scenario that is hardly going to deflate the ego of New York’s most cock-sure billionaire tycoon.
“But he also spoke in more detail about his plans to combat ISIS and I found myself nodding more than I expected … He told me he wants law-abiding Muslims to root out the extremists in their midst, expressing his bafflement and anger that someone like (Paris attacker Salah) Abdeslam was able to hide for so long in the very part of Brussels he had previously lived. Is he so wrong?
“I saw a guy, a non-politician unfettered by PC language restraints, who is genuinely furious at the devastation which ISIS is wreaking, and seriously concerned for the security of his fellow Americans and indeed, the citizens of Europe,” he added. Talk about a 180.
#23: Fred “The Hammer” Williamson
An actor, football player and commentator, Fred Williamson played in the first Super Bowl as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He was also the titular character in the blaxploitation film “Black Caesar.” On top of all that, he earned himself the moniker “The Hammer,” which is typically a sign of awesomeness.
Williamson, an Indiana native, appeared at events with Trump before the Hoosier State’s decisive primary. “I’m here to support Donald Trump,” he told an audience in Carmel, Indiana, according to Breitbart.
“He’s not a politician. He’s one of us,” he said. “I love people who hit hard.”
Well, of course you do — you’re The Hammer.
#24: Curt Schilling
The pitching legend is no stranger to controversy, having been fired from ESPN over his support of North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law.
In a post on his blog, Schilling said of Trump: “I trust him. I don’t agree with him on many things, that’s cool. I also know that there is and never will be a candidate anywhere that I will agree with on everything. That candidate doesn’t exist.
“He loves this country. You can laugh, you can mock, but you also are full of crap if the current administration has ever given you the confidence that they love this nation above all else,” he continued.
“He will protect my family, and my loved ones. I say that because Mr. Trump is where he is for one major reason. He’s been successful because he understands that surrounding yourself with smart people and listening to them, then parsing ideas and deciding, is how you win.”
That’s one big laundry list of celebrity endorsements! Funny thing, you don’t hear much about them in the news though, do you?
Do you know of any other celebrities who are getting on board with The Donald? Maybe you’ve got some other thoughts to share.
Tell us all about it in the comments.