New York City’s top sports talk host, WFAN’s Mike Francesa, made his appreciation of likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump abundantly clear Wednesday on his show.
“[Trump] doesn’t need the job, he doesn’t need the money, he doesn’t need the power, he had all that already,” Francesa said according to the Sporting News. “I think it’s about doing a good job. His ego will not let him do anything but a good job because he’s driven. You want someone driven in there that will do a good job because we need to fix things fast.”
Francesa, like Trump, is concerned about foreign investors gobbling of U.S real estate.
“If we don’t stop that, we won’t own this country soon,” he opined. “That’s the point. Those guys laugh at us. We defend them. They come back and buy up our country.
“He knows because they live in his hotels and his buildings. They buy his condos, and he knows that. He’s watched them laugh at everybody, and say, ‘Boy, you guys are really dumb. You allow us to do this. We come back with our money, that you let us make, and basically buy your country, buy up your debt.’”
Francesa agrees with Trump that NATO countries need to start ponying up more money for their own defense.
“Why are we paying to be the bodyguard for the entire world, while those people do not pay a dollar for their own defense — then come back and buy up our country when we’re in debt?” he asked. “Why do we allow that? Those are [Trump’s] mantras that no one else has brought up.”
So is Francesa going to pay a price for his Trump support in the left-leaning New York City market? Quite frankly, he doesn’t care.
He intends on retiring at the end of his current deal, which expires in 2017. More importantly, his ratings are so high, and he dominates the competition to such a degree, that WFAN management would be spiting themselves if they punished him. They’d be killing the golden goose.
So, don’t expect CBS Radio, owners of WFAN, to give their franchise player the Schilling treatment.