Football Superstar Endorses Trump

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor appeared with former President Donald Trump at a New Jersey rally this weekend and endorsed him, despite saying that he was a lifelong Democrat. The move came as the former president received a warm welcome from the crowd and has gained on President Joe Biden among Black voters, according to recent polls.

“I just wanted to say, I grew up a Democrat — and I’ve always been a Democrat — until I met this man right here,” said the retired football player, “He will not have to worry about nobody in my family will ever vote for a Democrat again.”

Taylor achieved considerable success during his 12 seasons with the Giants, including two Super Bowl rings.

Trump was also joined by former NFL star Ottis Anderson during the same event.

The New Jersey rally drew thousands of supporters, with the Trump campaign estimating that up to 100,000 attended. The event showed the former president’s strength in a traditionally blue state that voted for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020.

Despite the past victories for Democrats, Trump said that his campaign would win the state. He also said recently that he would make a major push to win his former home state of New York.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) said that this weekend’s rally was the largest political event in the history of the state.

Trump received a number of positive polls among Black voters. One from last month showed that 30% of Black Americans would likely or definitely vote for the former president. Estimates for Trump’s share of the Black vote varied in 2020, with many estimates placing it near 10%.

The former president has received a significant boost among Black voters for several reasons. Residents of Chicago cite the sharp increase of migrants entering the city and said that they feel that Democrats do not care about native-born Americans as much as the migrants, while other polls cite economic and crime concerns.