Last fall, Mike Ditka announced his support for Donald Trump to be America’s next President. At the time, he said that he believed Trump had “the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way.”
“If I were to vote tomorrow,” I’d probably vote for Trump,” Ditka said. “This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan.”
Annnd, there it is. It’s not entirely clear where the similarities between Reagan and Trump overlap beyond “both have run for President,” but here we are.
Just for good measure, Ditka also managed to get in some digs at our current President:
“Barack Obama’s a fine man. I mean, he’s pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. [But] he’s not a leader. Every once in a while you’re going to get punched in the chops. But you keep going forward. That’s all there is to it. You know it’s not always going to be a perfect situation, but to do what he does, there’s no leadership there. I think that becomes very disgusting to me.”
It’s interesting to note that at one point back in 2004, Ditka considered running for Illinois Senate. Who was a victorious Senator he would have ran against? That’s right, Barack Obama. Talk about one of the all-time what-if’s.