At the point when Dana White gives his speech at the Republican National Convention, he realizes he’ll be addressing to the country when politics, led by President Donald Trump, have gotten particularly divisive in the U.S.
Not that this issues to the UFC chief.
“That sh*t doesn’t bother me,” White told columnists, including MMA Junkie, on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. “Listen, this is America. Everybody has their own opinions and their own choices. I know that sometimes people go after you because of whatever, but everybody knows me. Everybody knows what I’m about, and you know.
“I don’t know. Talk to me after the speech.”
White, who said he leaves for Washington on Wednesday night, will speak Thursday at the convention in support of his long-lasting companion Trump, who tries to be reappointed for a second term opposite Democratic nominee Joe Biden. It’ll mark the second time this year that White has befuddled for Trump politically in the wake of giving a speech at a February rally in Colorado.
At the show, White will talk on a night that incorporates any semblance of Trump lawyer and previous New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, the president’s girl. Trump likewise will take the platform at the White House.
White, 51, talked at the show four years back, giving a speech that concentrated on Trump as a loyal companion who was there for the UFC by hosting events at his casino in Atlantic City, N.J., when the promotion battled to pick up acknowledgment.
“Donald championed the UFC before it was popular, before it grew into a successful business,” White said in 2016, “and I will always be so grateful to him for standing with us in those early days.”
After four years, what message will White have for the nation about the president?
“You’ll have to tune in Thursday to find out,” White said. “I’ll let it speak for itself.”
Regardless of whether it’s his treatment of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been scrutinized by health specialists as the U.S. death toll approaches 180,000, feeding racial turmoil with controversial comments on Black Lives Matter, or different controversies, Trump consistently has raised eye foreheads during his first term.
And keeping in mind that those issues have made previous Trump backers to disassociate themselves with the president, White isn’t worried about the optics of having cover uphold for Trump’s political perspectives.
“I don’t give a sh*t. I don’t care what people think of me or what they think,” White said. “The people that know me know who I am and know what I’m about. Other than that, I (couldn’t) care less. There’s tons of guys that hate Trump, whether it’s celebrities or whatever, and I’m cool with all of them. We’re all cool.
“Like I said, the people who know me, know me, and the people who don’t all judge me anyways. It doesn’t matter to me. I (couldn’t) care less.”