While speaking on the "Wrestling For The Faith" podcast, former WWE star Chad Lail (Jaxson Ryker) talked about the controversial tweets that led to him being pulled from WWE TV. Lail started out by talking about the firestorm that came when he showed support for Donald Trump. The tweet came around the time of unrest in the country with protests and some riots after the murder of George Floyd.
Lail said, "You know, I wasn't one of those who was trying to bash anybody else. I was simply putting out my support for a president that I thought was doing a good job for this country. Gas prices were down, unemployment was down, jobs were up. So much going on, that the economy was flourishing. You can do the studies and look at it. And that was just my tweet, to basically show my support which the funny thing is prior to that, Lord, I mean, even I was looking through some history of things. I mean, I would tweet or Instagram certain things about Donald Trump. But for some reason that day, and I believe you touched on it before we started some things that were going on in America at the time, I tweeted my support for him before. So to me, there was nothing wrong with that tweet, there was no racial undertone. There was no jabs, there was nothing but me saying God bless America, and thankful for the President of the United States that we had at the time. And like I said, I served four years in the Marine Corps from '02 to '06. Does that give me a right to be an idiot on social media and go out and say stupid stuff? Absolutely not. But does it give me a right to support a president that I voted for? I do believe it was and look, we've never talked about it. First time right here, people getting a chance to hear about it. I'm excited to kind of let it out. But I could see if there was something wrong with that tweet but in my eyes, I said nothing wrong and so that's where I stand on it man."
Lail said that while there were some things that Trump said that he didn't always agree with, he believes that Trump did a lot for the country. He said, "you and I can sit here and probably agree, like you said, we supported the things he did there. Sometimes I'd hear him speak and I'd be like, 'Dude, what are you doing?' So there's many times I was thinking, 'Okay, this guy's a loose cannon.' But like I said, I went through a list of things, you went through a list of things, you can look at the things he did for Israel, the Holy Land, the chosen people [and] his support for those people, what he did for the lower class, African American community. I mean, there's so much he did for African American schools and low class income families. Just in general man, just the things that he did to help society instead of, as you mentioned, the prior administration, so much in a matter of eight years division, so much division over that."
More from the interview:
- Jaxson Ryker says some WWE co-workers turned on him, random people threatened to hurt his family and burn his house over Donald Trump support
- Jaxson Ryker explains “Soul Man” post from 2017, having his career canceled because of past tweets
- Jaxson Ryker says he is not a racist: Black Lives Matter is ‘basically a terrorist group. It’s garbage to me’
- Jaxson Ryker on WWE management reaction to his tweets, WWE talent wearing BLM logo on their gear
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