Johnny Damon, a member of the Boston Red Sox “Idiots” who won the franchise’s first World Series title since 1918, showed that his four years as a New York Yankee converted him, endorsing New Yorker Donald Trump for president.
Damon, who lives in Florida, joined former Yankee Paul O’Neill, who had already endorsed Trump on Tuesday, at Trump’s victory rally in Jupiter, Florida.
Damon cited Trump’s oft-repeated promise of building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and his position on illegal immigration as the primary reason for his endorsement. Damon opined, “Building a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols.… Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it. I want [Trump] for president,”
Damon told the New York Daily News, “I’m a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, [Trump] is bringing us up to speed.”
The retired outfielder continued, “He’s trying to make the country great. We’re worrying too much about what’s going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here.”
Damon was fired by Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice last year, but harbored no resentment, attesting, “If [Trump] needs me anywhere, I’ll be there. He’s a good friend.”