The 2024 election is already the most unpredictable in most Americans’ lifetimes.
Donald Trump is facing an unprecedented effort to stop him from winning.
Now an NBA legend blindsided Donald Trump with this shocking 2024 endorsement.
One of the big wildcards in the 2024 race is the presence of Robert F. Kennedy on the ballot as an independent.
Polls show Kennedy could hurt Trump by attracting the type of anti-establishment voter that Trump turned out in 2016 but that has no loyalty to the Republican Party.
Kennedy’s campaign received a boost when NBA all-time assist leader, Hall of Famer and member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team John Stockton endorsed Kennedy’s candidacy.
In his endorsement, Stockton said Kennedy “has been put on this planet for just this moment in time” adding that there is “a real need for him and his leadership.”
Stockton also took a dig at Joe Biden’s age in endorsing Kennedy.
“There’s a need for very smart people in these positions that have integrity that [is] off the charts, that have the stamina and strength to be able to speak and be a leader 24/7, not just on occasion or on blips,” Stockton continued.
Stockton also argued that Kennedy would be less polarizing than Donald Trump.
“And, maybe more than anything, a person that can un-divide this country,” Stockton added. “I don’t think we’ve ever been this divided.”
“You look around, and you see all the different things that are pulling us apart,” Stockton concluded. “Finally, we have, I think, the right man there available again. What an opportunity to bring us back together.”
Stockton endorsing Kennedy is in character as Stockton was one of the most outspoken athletes against COVID vaccine mandates and other restrictions.
This past April, Stockton published a letter thanking his alma mater of Gonzaga for lifting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“At first blush, I am delighted by Gonzaga’s President Thayne McCulloh’s announcement that they will no longer require Covid injections and boosters as a prerequisite for the opportunity to attend and work at this great university,” Stockton stated.
Stockton hadn’t attended a game at Gonzaga in three years due to the school requiring proof of vaccination to attend sporting events.
But Stockton also blasted the school for allowing professors to continue to require students to wear masks in classrooms.
“However, having read the entire letter, I am saddened and concerned that, like most other universities, we haven’t learned important lessons from the pandemic,” Stockton added.
Some polls show Kennedy winning over 20 percent of the vote in swing states against Trump and Biden.
The type of coalition Trump depends on to win hinges on the type of voter that Kennedy could attract turning out for Trump.
Endorsements like those of John Stockton could come back to haunt Trump in the General Election.