Former WWE champion-turned-UFC fighter CM Punk likened President Donald Trump to former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke and said if he ever won a championship, he wouldn’t visit the White House.
During an interview on FanSided MMA on Thursday, a reporter brought up the trend of winning sports teams refusing to go to the White House for the customary celebration and asked if he’d accept an invitation.
“Number one, I would not be invited, and number two, no, I would not go,” he responded.
When asked the reasoning behind him saying he wouldn’t go to the White House, Punk turned the conversation to Duke.
He explained that if Duke invited him over for tacos, he’s not going to go to his house.
“C’mon, I call it like I see it. A racist is a racist,” Punk said. “I don’t care if you’re in the White House or, ya know, you live down the street from me. Like, I’m not hanging out with you.”
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Mike “The Truth” Jackson shared in his opponent’s decision about visiting the White House and called the president a “terrible person.”
“He’s a terrible person, and he’s making the country a terrible place,” he explained. ”[…] You talk about making America great again. First off, America has never been great. We need to make America better than it ever has been.”
Following Punk’s fight on Saturday, which landed him in the hospital, UFC President Dana White encouraged him to give up the sport.
“The guy is 39 years old,” White said, according to ESPN. “We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight. And I think he should call it a wrap.”
Punk and Jackson’s sentiments about a potential White House visit are a stark contrast from UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington, who criticized the “Filthadelphia Eagles” for not attending.
“Now I’m going to celebrate the way a real American should celebrate winning a world title, and that’s going to the White House to see Mr. Donald Trump and put [the belt] on his desk,” he explained.
The Philadelphia Eagles were invited to celebrate their Super Bowl win at the White House. However, the invitation was rescinded after only a small delegation was going to attend.