UFC president Dana White once more has thrown his political fortify at the back of President Donald Trump main as much as the 2020 election in November.
In a five-and-a-half minute pre-taped speech Thursday as a part of the general night time of the Republican Nationwide Conference, White lavished reward on Trump’s management taste, specifically all the way through the COVID-19 pandemic; used to be important of the ones calling for police reform within the wake of endured incidents of police shootings involving individuals of colour; and touted the UFC for being the primary to get again to are living wearing occasions after national shutdowns.
White mentioned it’s “seriously vital to reelect President Trump” but in addition mentioned the coronavirus pandemic manner votes past the presidential race are vital, as smartly – possibly if the ones votes align with Trump’s Republican celebration.
“A lot of you understand who I’m, what I do, and that I’m buddies with the president. I spoke at this conference 4 years in the past, and I’m again as a result of I consider we’d like President Trump’s management now greater than ever,” White mentioned to open his speech.
White then touted the pre-pandemic financial system and unemployment numbers sooner than taking some veiled photographs at protests occurring right through the rustic within the wake of the killing of George Floyd in past due Might. A lot of the ones have devolved into riots and endured escalation of pressure from legislation enforcement in opposition to protesters.
“Prior to the pandemic … we weren’t going through the lawless destruction that now is happening in a couple of of our nice towns,” White mentioned. “It blows my thoughts how temporarily one of the most management on this nation has forgotten the important function first responders play in our society. Police departments, and different legislation enforcement, or even some fireplace departments, have confronted opposition from many on this nation. However they’re at all times the people who find themselves requested to step up when issues are at their worst and put themselves in danger. That has without a doubt been the case all the way through this ongoing pandemic.
“C’mon, The united states: Defunding those essential positions isn’t the solution. The primary responders have at all times sorted us. And now, greater than ever, we wish to deal with them.”
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White transitioned to the COVID-19 pandemic itself and his role as part of a task force of business leaders chosen by Trump to help bring the country out of the economic downturn caused by shutdowns in an effort to get the virus under control.
Since the time White was picked to be part of the panel, most of the country has opened back up – still, though, with many restrictions. The U.S. is approaching 6 million verified cases of coronavirus and this week passed 181,000 deaths from it. Some estimates put the true number of cases much higher, but at a total that may never be known because people have had it, but not been tested, and have recovered.
“Let’s talk about COVID, and let’s be very honest about it,” White said. “No one person and no one place could’ve anticipated the challenges that COVID would bring. But President Trump has faced all these obstacles head on. He immediately put protective measures in place, and he reached out to the best and the brightest leading American businesses across all industries to discuss what he and his administration could do to get the economy back up and running safely.”
White said being on the task force let him see about Trump that “his highest priority was always the health and safety of everyone in our country – not just Republicans, not just supporters, but every single American.” And by letting sports and entertainment resume, it brought back “a sense of normalcy in people’s lives.”
White’s friendship with Trump goes back to his early days running the UFC, when MMA still was on the fringes of the mainstream sports world and fighting an uphill battle trying to become regulated. Trump opened up his former Taj Mahal casino property in Atlantic City, N.J., for three UFC events in 2000 and 2001.
White has said for years that Trump was loyal to him and the UFC then, and he will always return that loyalty.
“Make no mistake about it, we still have a long way to go,” White said. “And that is why we need a leader with President Trump’s unique attributes at this critical time. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: He is one of the most loyal human beings I’ve ever met. The man has unstoppable energy – no one, and I mean no one, is going to outwork this guy. But most importantly, he truly loves and believes in our country. He believes in the people of this country.
“… While we certainly have experienced a ton of negativity in 2020, President Trump’s mindset is to work tirelessly to find solutions to problems and help restore America. He did it once, and I’m telling you right now, he will do it again. And remember: President Trump may be the only president in modern times who has actually done everything he’s said he would do during his campaign.
“… Ladies and gentlemen, let’s reelect President Trump, let’s figure out what the problems are and continue to find solutions to those problems, then let’s get to work.”