With 15 GOP candidates vying for support around the nation, celebrity endorsements are an added bonus that widens their audience – for better, and in some cases, for worse.
Businessman and reality-TV star Donald Trump is still leading in some polls, and, over the past few months, he’s also earned a heap of praise from well-known entertainment figures.
Here’s a list of Trump’s celebrity supporters:
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The former heavyweight champion announced that he would endorse Trump while appearing on HuffPost Live on Monday. “He should be president of the United States,” Tyson said.
As for what Trump has said about immigration, Tyson said the words were “crude” and someone could work with him on the delivery of his message.
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Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” said during an interview with Don Lemon on a July episode of “CNN Tonight” that Trump would make a “great” president “because he’s not a politician, and he doesn’t care what anybody thinks.”
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The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again this year. “He’s a great guy. He’s sharp. He’s fast,” he told Fox411. “He can change the country after the last eight years.”
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The retired pro-basketball player tweeted on July 24: “@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016.” He was fired from season two of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
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When asked byTMZfor his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, “I hope Donald goes all the way.” He was also fired from a season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
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TMZasked Hogan which 2016 Republican presidential candidate he would want to face in the ring, but instead of answering the question, he said he’d want to be Trump’s running mate.
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The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, “[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner.”
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The model and reality star posted a video onYouTubein 2015 expressing her support for Trump.
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The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on“Fox and Friends” on October 6. “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson.
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The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a September 25 rally in Oklahoma, where he was invited up on stage.
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The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for“Off the Grid,”when Ventura said, “I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'” Though he also added, “Now I’m not a Republican – I’m not a Democrat either – so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”
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The socialite recently held a luncheon in support of her ex-husband.
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The retiredNFLcoach said of Trump, “I think that he has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way,” in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
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The retiredNFLwide receiver told TMZ Sports in June, “This may be what the country needs and Trump … he’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run.” He appeared on the most recent season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”