Johnny Damon is a Donald Trump man.
Johnny Damon spent New Year’s with Donald Trump, is good friends with the Donald’s children and spent a season on “The Apprentice,” Trump’s reality TV show.
When this year’s general election rolls around, it’s safe to say Damon, the former Yankee and Red Sox star, won’t be pulling the voting lever for the Democratic presidential candidate.
“I want (Trump) for president,” Damon, 42, told the Daily News Wednesday. “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.”
Despite Trump’s hard line stance on immigration — including the Republican presidential contender’s vow to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico — Damon said he supports Trump’s platform.
“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,” said Damon, who makes his home in Florida. The former major leaguer cited the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California last year as reasons why Trump is taking such a bellicose stance.
“That’s what he wants to watch out for,” Damon said of Trump. “He wants everyone documented and in this country legally.”
As for the Trump’s plan to erect a wall, Damon said he wasn’t opposed to the idea though he thinks it would be “tough to do.”
“I can see other people’s views. The country is so split. Building a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols,” said Damon. “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 embraced former Yankee Paul O’Neill supporting Trump and said that he, too, would lend his name and support to The Donald at any point.
“If (Trump) needs me anywhere, I’ll be there. He’s a good friend,” said Damon.