Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal handed out some advice at the Turner 2017 Upfront event, telling everyone to give President Donald Trump a chance.
O’Neal told The Daily Beast at Thursday’s event that his stance from a November interview — in which he told The Hill that Trump “won the election fair and square” and “we have to give him a chance” — was still how he felt.
“We voted, so there’s no need to waste time complaining,” he said. “The man ‘won,’ apparently fair and square, so we need to give him a shot.”
After last autumn’s general election, O’Neal took a position unpopular among celebrities in the current political and cultural climate, essentially shutting down anyone calling for a recount.
Shaquille O’Neal: “Donald Trump won fair and square. We have to give him a chance.” pic.twitter.com/t7QcqyWnky
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Shaq was the more level-headed voice at the Upfront event. “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee fell victim to the standard liberal ailment which apparently cause so many on the left to believe it to be their patriotic duty to whine as much as possible about the president.
“I just don’t believe that the office is so sacred,” she said. “I actually think it’s literally my patriotic duty to go as hard as humanly possible on this president.”
Given the amount of visibility and celebrity O’Neal enjoys, his steadfast and truthful stance on Trump is refreshing at a time when it seems the only celebrity voices Americans hear are laced with constant criticism and derision. O’Neal couldn’t be more correct in his advice.
Critics of the president should heed Shaquille O’Neal’s advice and give him a chance. While our political system certainly isn’t perfect, Trump won the election fair and square and deserves the respect of all Americans — no matter their level of agreement with his policies.