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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) shakes shakes hands with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio before a campaign rally in Marshalltown, Iowa January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Donald Trump received two major endorsements on Tuesday. The first comes from Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and one of the leading figures in the evangelical movement. The significance of Falwell’s support can’t be overstated; he’s a man with deep religious conviction and respect among the conservative establishment. The second is from Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff notorious for institutionalizing racial profiling of Latinos and overseeing prison camps with poor living conditions. Trump has tried in the past to court the Latino vote “The Latinos love Trump, and I love them,” he’s said, but the Arpaio endorsement won’t help.

Trump’s campaign has chugged along regardless and in spite of some more peculiar endorsements. Many of them come from self-identified white supremacists or Nazi sympathizers. Here are four of Trump’s celebrity and political endorsements.


Mike Tyson

“We tried Obama [....] Let's try something new. Let's run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job," Tyson told the Huffington Post.

Tila Tequila

The famous-for-being famous ex-model, ex-most-popular-person-on-Myspace delivered a very serious video blog of her endorsement for Donald Trump, listing among other things his stances against vaccinations (she’s a self Identified anti-vaxxer) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tequila has written about leadership in the past. Here is an excerpt from her 2013 essay “Why I Sympathize with Hitler: Part I,” which she later removed from her website.

“I used to think all of those horrible things about him until I learned the truth about the war and what Hitler truly did and he was not a bad person as they have painted him out to be. Here is a man who was not a coward, stood up for his country in a DESPERATE TIME OF NEED (unlike all of our cowardly leaders), and yet not only did he try his best to help his country and people get out of what was a time of depression, economic collapse, high unemployment, amongst many other things.”


Sarah Palin

Jeffrey Lord

The former Reagan advisor offers up an endorsement that doubles as an analysis of Trump’s popularity among blue-collar Republican voters.

“It was the conservative Republican Ronald Reagan who was endorsed by the Teamsters Union in 1984. Donald Trump is the Republican most likely to appeal to such blue collar workers in 2016 — updating the Reagan Democrats to become twenty-first-century Trump Democrats.”

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