Donald Trump has a new fan, and it is none other than former wrestling champ Hulk Hogan. The 62-year-old expressed his wish to join the billionaire mogul in his race to the 2016 elections as his right-hand man.
When questioned about the upcoming vote, he told TMZ that he didn’t “want to be in the ring” alongside any of the prospective leaders of America. But he added, “I want to be Trump’s running mate. Did you hear that? Vice President Hogan?”
Also, he spoke on his beef with Vince McMahon (wrestling promoter/occasional pro wrestler) and WWE, and about how all traces of him are gone from the official web site as well as the WWE Hall of Fame following his racist abuse tape scandal. Hogan was firm that there was “no bad blood” regarding the incident. He insisted, “I love those guys. They’re my family.”
On McMahon, Hogan said that the only time he’ll have hard feelings will be if and when he gets him in the wrestling ring in the future. “It’ll be a replay of Wrestlemania XIX,” he added.
Hogan made his first on-air appearance on television on August 31 on the Good Morning America show. In the interview, the former wrestler apologized for making the racist remarks that ended up getting caught on tape. However, he maintained that he is not actually a racist and the words he used were “thrown around like it was nothing,” something he now realizes was wrong.
Hogan also addressed his struggles after the video leaked, claiming that he thought about killing himself. “Just because a person makes a mistake, just don’t throw them away. You don’t throw good people away,” said Hogan, adding, “People get better every day.”
“Hulk Hogan: I Still Love WWE… And I Wanna Be Trump’s Running Mate,” TMZ web site, August 29, 2015; http://goo.gl/t7WlA4.
Sifferlin, A., “Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Comments,” TIME web site, August 31, 2015; http://goo.gl/tdtzfl.