Saturday, May 25, 2024

Charles Barkley on Donald Trump: ‘We Have to Give Him a Chance’

Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley

*During NBA on TNT Thursday night, hosts Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley took a moment to discuss their difficulty with Tuesday’s election.

Johnson said he couldn’t bring himself to vote for either candidate.

“There were trust issues with Hillary Clinton I couldn’t get past, and there was this inflammatory rhetoric from Donald Trump, which to me was incomprehensible and indefensible,” said Johnson. “For the first time in 42 years, I hit the write-in button, and I voted for John Kasich. And I left knowing that John Kasich wasn’t going to win, but I left with a clear conscience because I hadn’t settled.”

Johnson says he usually refrains from discussing politics or religion on the air, but last night felt it was necessary to talk about both. “Scripture tells us to pray for our leaders. That’s what I’m going to do — I’m gonna pray for Donald Trump. I’m gonna pray for all those people right now who feel like they’re on the outside looking in, who are afraid at this point. Pray for them too.”

Barkley, who has been outspoken on politics–10 years ago saying he might run for governor of Alabama–said he was “disappointed because my candidate didn’t win. But it’s over now. He’s gonna be the president of the United States. We have to respect the office and we have to give him a chance.”

Watch both videos below:

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