The last time I talked politics with NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, he wasn’t sure who he was voting for in the 2016 presidential election. A registered voter in Arizona, he was skeptical.
“I’m not undecided between them two, I’m undecided on whether I’m going to vote or not,” Barkley told me in October.
Back then, the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News ran a poll that stated that Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was hanging on to a small but widening lead over Republican candidate, Donald Trump. The poll also stated that Clinton was supported by 39 percent of likely Arizona voters surveyed. Trump was backed by 33.9 percent. “She ain’t got no chance of winning Arizona,” Barkley said in October. “Let me tell you something, them people vote Republican no matter what.”
Barkley also was critical of Trump’s use of ‘locker room talk.’ A tape from 2005 emerged of Trump boasting to former NBC correspondent Billy Bush that being famous allowed him to ‘do anything’ to women, including grabbing “them by the pu**y.”
“It’s never appropriate to touch a woman, or grab a woman,” Barkley told me in the fall. “I have a daughter too. It’s never appropriate to sexually assault or harass a woman, ever!
Well, it’s now April 2017 and Donald J. Trump, the real estate billionaire is now Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. There were many who assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the outright winner of the election.
Appearing on Scoop B Radio Overtime, Barkley broke it down.
“We were dead wrong, said Barkley on Scoop B Radio Overtime. “You know what? I look at it like this: we didn’t win, it was difficult I was probably in a funk for a week, but you know what? I’m gonna try to do everything in my power to support the President because he’s the President of The United States.”
“I mean we got to get behind him, he’s done some things already that I don’t like, I’m against the Muslim ban, I’m against the immigration deportation, he’s got to stop trying to paint everybody with a broad brush. I mean It’s just wrong, most of these Muslim people here are amazing, hard-working people same thing with these illegal immigrants, they’re here, they’re hard working people. I think most people don’t want gangsters here, people don’t want terrorists here we all understand that, but people have to be able to be treated with respect and dignity.”