Trump’s Influence Leads NFL Hall of Famer to Leave Democratic Party

( – Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor endorsed Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.

Trump invited Taylor and his former teammate Otis Anderson onto the stage during his recent campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey.

In his brief remarks, Taylor told the crowd that he was raised as a Democrat and always voted Democrat until he met Donald Trump. He vowed that no one in his family would “ever vote for a Democrat again.”

The Trump campaign has repeatedly claimed that the former president could draw between 20-30 percent of the black vote this November.

Commenting on Taylor’s endorsement on the social media platform X, black radio host Carl Jackson suggested that it was unlikely that any Republican candidate, including Donald Trump, could win 30 percent of the black vote in the upcoming election.

At the same time, Jackson said endorsements like Taylor’s led him to believe that Trump could “overperform” among black voters while Biden underperformed. Jackson suggested that the possibility should “scare the crap” out of the Democrats.

Unsurprisingly, some critics blasted Trump for inviting Taylor to his rally due to the NFL Hall of Famer’s questionable past.

However, Taylor isn’t the only black NFL player to throw his support behind Donald Trump.

During the 2020 election, former NFL receiver Jack Brewer endorsed Trump’s reelection, citing the things Trump had done for the black community during his first term in office.

Brewer, a lifelong Democrat who once headed up NFL Players for Obama, said the work Trump did for the black community during his presidency “truly empowered me.”

Brewer lauded Trump for pursuing policies that created jobs for blacks and released black fathers from prison. He also praised Trump’s opportunity zone policy, which he said had been “amazing” for black communities.

A May 6 survey from Ipsos found that blacks continue to support President Biden by a wide margin, with 42 percent saying they would “definitely” vote for the president while only 4 percent said they would “definitely” vote for Trump.

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