Recently it seems like many staunch anti-Trump critics during the election are coming out with a much more positive view of the President-elect after meeting with him personally, as just yesterday a former supporter of Hillary Clinton turned a corner on his opinion of Trump.
Jim Brown, NFL legend and civil rights advocate who says he voted for Clinton, met in person with Donald Trump at Trump Tower to discuss issues facing the African-American community, and although he firmly supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election, he seems to have had a revelation after his talk with the President-elect saying “I fell in love with’ Trump” and “he’s got my admiration”.
NFL icon and civil rights leader Jim Brown, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, sang President-elect Trump’s praises after meeting with him at Trump Tower earlier Tuesday, and predicted Trump would stay in office two terms.
“He’s going to be our man for the next four years at least, probably eight, and he’s amenable to listening to people who did not vote for him,” Brown told CNN. “I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping African-American, black people and that’s why I’m here.”
“What he went through to become the president, he got my admiration. Because no one gave him a chance, you know? They called him names, people that called him names when he won he reached back and brought them along with him. He held no grudges,” Brown added.
Brown and former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis met with Trump to discuss partnering with Brown’s Amer-I-Can outreach program as the administration rolls out its plan to help black communities battling unemployment, poverty and crime.
Brown also told the press that, “We’re not here because of politics, we’re here to help the President of the United States help the people that need help.”
Jim Brown isn’t the only anti-Trump critic who seems to have turned a corner after meeting with the President-elect, as earlier this week Microsoft’s Bill Gates met with Trump and had similarly good things to say and even compared Trump’s innovative spirit to John F. Kennedy.
Bill Gates said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump’s potential to bring innovation to the U.S. resembles that of President John F. Kennedy’s.
Gates, the billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist, told CNBC that Trump can lead the U.S. “through innovation” and compared Trump’s ideas to Kennedy’s expansion of the U.S. space program in the early 1960s.
“But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organizing things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation,” Gates said.
It seems like Trump certainly has the ability to turn on the charm when needed, even morphing some of his toughest opponents into allies after only a brief meeting. Are we seeing Trump’s “Art of the Deal” in action? Time will tell, but the “unexpected” meetings, as the media has phrased it, at Trump Tower continue today as leaders of the some of the most prominent tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Oracle are meeting with the President-elect.
Although turning these leaders of the tech industry into Trump supporters after only a single meeting is unlikely, but given Trump’s track record of negotiating and convincing people of his cause it may not be too long before we see some of them sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Here is the full video of Jim Brown and Ray Lewis discussing their Trump meeting with ESPN: