While many celebrities took to social media late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to lament Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, a few prominent members of the sports world were not shy about celebrating the outcome. Some who supported Trump during the campaign have publicly congratulated him for becoming president-elect.
Golfer John Daly has been one of Trump's biggest supporters, and thanked Trump for “putting Americans first.” UFC president Dana White, who spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention, sent a not-so-subtle tweet celebrating Trump’s shocking victory.
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) November 9, 2016
— Dana White (@danawhite) November 9, 2016
Other athletes who didn’t support Trump are trying to look at the positive side. Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall congratulated the Republican nominee, while former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann expressed hope that the country would benefit from the election.
I actually like @realDonaldTrump the biz man. I guess we have 4 years to see what Donald the politician has to offer. Congrats Donald
— OG aka CAPTAIN 23 (@DeAngeloHall23) November 9, 2016
Let's hope this is good for our country.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 9, 2016
On Monday night, Trump proclaimed proudly that both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick had offered him their support. Trump read a letter that Belichick had written him at a rally on Monday, which forced the coach to field questions about the president-elect on Wednesday morning. Belichick said the letter was about his friendship with Trump and not politics. He wouldn’t answer any more questions pertaining to Tuesday night’s winner.
Clinton had plenty of support from athletes and members of the sports world, but it wasn’t enough. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is one of the most popular people in Ohio, but his endorsement and decision to speak at a Clinton rally didn’t help her win the swing state.