After initially endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has recently declared that he is now endorsing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in his bid for the White House.
Robertson — a devout Christian and patriarch of the long-running popular Duck Dynasty television program — made the announcement to back the billionaire candidate after Trump won his 30th state last week, when he celebrated landslide victories in West Virginia and Nebraska primaries with his opponents out.
The Christian celebrity’s endorsement of Cruz — who he touted as a “strict constitutionalist” and as a strong believer in the Bible and Christian values, according to ChristianToday.com — ended shortly after the Texas senator threw in the towel in response to a devastating loss at the beginning of the month in the Indiana primary.
Like son, like father …
Once Robertson’s son, Willie, made the decision to support Trump, his father was quick to eagerly follow suit by endorsing the often controversial frontrunning GOP candidate.
“Trump’s in,” the older Robertson said. “So I’ll vote for him — no question.”
Robertson sees Trump’s nomination as in the bag, and anxiously awaits the conclusion of the California primary scheduled for June 7, when the conservative presidential hopeful is expected to pick up enough delegates from America’s most delegate-rich state to officially have enough to be the Republican nominee.
Red definitely better than blue …
Conceding that Trump was not the number one Republican candidate on his list at the beginning of the GOP White House race, the conservative television personality made it clear that he doesn’t want to see a repeat of the last eight years America has suffered under the Obama administration. He contends that Trump is now by far a much better choice than the Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton — or her self-proclaimed socialist rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).
"I'll be enthusiastically behind him [Trump],” Robertson declared the Daily Mail reports. “I look at the other side and have watched the last eight years. And I just have to go with someone within the Republican Party."
Even though Robertson admits that he is not sure about what kind of job Trump would do behind the desk of the Oval Office, he says he is certain that he would lead America down a more productive and godly path than his Democratic competition.
"I look at the alternative, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — and then honestly, I look at Trump and say, 'What kind of leader is Trump going to be?'” the outspoken celebrity pondered. “No one really knows. It will just sort itself out.”
With both Trump and Clinton just about 100 delegates away from receiving the official nomination from their respective parties, Robertson insists his support for the 69-year-old businessman is a no-brainer, believing that Trump has a very good chance of beating the former first lady.
"But they're putting him in there against Hillary Clinton — and it looks like it's going to be her,” the outspoken entertainer pointed out. “So I'll definitely be there for him.”
Even before Trump’s last two competitors, Cruz and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) bowed out of the race, the real estate mogul enjoyed relatively consistent decisive victories in state primaries, yet Clinton has struggled of late in contests against Sanders, who has had more success than his rival over the past several weeks. This serves as an indicator to Robertson that the former secretary of state’s popularity is waning — ushering in possible favorable outcomes for Trump at the polls in November.
Attitude of gratitude
After learning that both Robertsons are now endorsing his presidential campaign, Trump proclaimed that having their support is a true honor.
"Wow!” the GOP White House hopeful exclaimed after hearing the news that the older Robertson was giving his presidential run a thumbs-up. “Such a great honor to have Phil's endorsement."
Trump went on to share another reason why he and his family personally hold the Robertson family in high esteem.
"His son, Willie, has become a great friend of my son, Don,” he shared. “What a great family."
Trump’s next uncontested primary takes place Tuesday in Oregon, where he looks to add 28 delegates to his 1,107, total as he approaches the 1,237 needed to clinch the GOP nomination for July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.