KEY POINTS

  • Tito Ortiz comes out to support Trump
  • The MMA fighter thanks Ivanka for her role in pushing the law approving paid parental leave
  • Trump once called Ortiz "a Great American Patriot!"

California-born Jacob "Tito" Ortiz belongs to a very rare group of Latinos -- and we're not referring to his three year stint as former Light Heavyweight Champion at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and his induction as the first Latino into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ortiz, 44, is one of only 10 percent of the Latino voter population that supports Trump. He's a proud Trumper who once said he isn't ashamed of wearing his “Make America Great Again” baseball cap in public.

Speaking without proof as does Trump, Ortiz claims there are “so many” Latinos that support Trump, but are afraid to come out and say it. In December 2019, Trump tweeted to call Ortiz "a Great American Patriot!" for a victory in a Combate Americas fight. Ortiz responded with a tweet saying, "Thank you very much Mr. President @realDonaldTrump that means the world to me!"

With so much love between Ortiz and Trump, it's no surprise the UFC behemoth would be appreciative of Ivanka Trump's success in helping bring about the legislation that granted federal employees paid parental leave on Dec. 19, 2019. A provision requiring 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees was approved by the Senate, giving Ivanka her biggest legislative win in her three-year long campaign to bring this about.

The provision is part of the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that also gives U.S. military personnel a three percent pay hike. The Senate on December 17 passed the NDAA in a 86 to 8 vote. The bill easily passed the House of Representatives last week by 377 to 48.

Ivanka was overjoyed at the passage of the provision, tweeting, "The success of American families is essential to the success of our Country. The passage of Paid Leave for federal employees is a major win for many, many American families!"

Ortiz was overjoyed, too. And on his Twitter account on Thursday wrote:

"Nice waking up knowing that our country comes first. America’s President #Trump2020 #Repost @ivankatrump Last week POTUS delivered BIG for hardworking American families!"

To which Ivanka replied: "Thank you Tito! We’re just warming up!"

No, the first daughter isn't warming up to workout with the MMA champion. Ivanka was simply showing appreciation for one of her and President Trump's biggest Latino supporters.