On Nov. 10, Ronda Rousey officially endorsed Sanders in Vermont, showing that she feels the Bern. Though Rousey was said to be supporting Donald Trump, the reigning mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete set the record straight and said that she does not support Trump, reports Opposing Views.
“I mean, I wouldn’t vote for him,” Rousey told Maxim magazine. “I just really wouldn’t trust the guy with running my country, that’s all. I’m not really going to get into specifics of it, but, I mean, I don’t want a reality TV star to be running my country.”
And it isn’t the first time Rousey has backed an idiosyncratic presidential candidate. In 2012, Rousey voted for Roseanne Barr, who was running as an independent candidate. “I was so unimpressed with the whole presidential campaign that I picked whatever third party I saw, and I saw Roseanne and thought, ‘That’s awesome,’” Rousey said.
She endorses Sanders due to his stance on corporate donations to political campaign funds. Rousey shares the same opinion as many of Sanders’ followers, and is against corporations funding political candidates.
“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” she said in the Maxim interview. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”
Bernie Sanders is putting his money where his mouth is, and turning down funds from numerous companies (including CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli). Shkreli became known as the “most-hated man in America” after he raised the price of a life-saving AIDS treatment from $13.50 to $750 a pill according to BBC.
Ronda Rousey is in good company when it comes to endorsing the progressive candidate. Will Ferrell, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, and Danny DeVito have all joined the Bernie Bandwagon. Furthermore, musicians such as Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Shiflett, and Flea are all publicly supporting Sanders.
According to a new survey from NBC News/Survey Monkey, Bernie Sanders has reached his greatest amount of support this year, with 33% of Democrats and independent voters preferring him over others. Nonetheless, he is still behind Hillary Clinton by 16 points. Sanders modest increase of 3 points since last month’s survey is barely discernable and within the poll’s estimate of plus or minus 3.1 error percentage points.