Shaq Tells Americans to Give Trump a Chance

The president-elect 'won fair and square'

Shaquille O’Neal / AP


Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal said on Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump won the election "fair and square" and Americans need to give him a chance.

"We have a process that’s been going on forever," O'Neal said Wednesday, the Hill reported. "And whoever wins, you just hope he does what he says he's going to do. You know, candidate Trump promised a lot of people a lot of things."

"Now that he's president-elect, you just hope that he can make the world a better place. He won fair and square. We have to give him a chance. There's no need talking about recounts and this and that," he continued.

O'Neal, who was recently inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, defended his friendship with Trump in September, calling him a "stand up guy" who speaks to an "eclectic-type audience."

Two days after the election, O'Neal said while he felt "the world is more divided now than it's ever been," he hoped Trump would lead to bring "people closer together."

"Everybody was in shock, but it's over and done," O’Neal said on TNT regarding Trump's stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton. "We live in a democracy. He won; he's the president; now we have to give him a chance."

Natalie Johnson

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Natalie Johnson is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she was a news reporter at the Daily Signal. Johnson’s work has been featured in outlets such as Newsweek, Fox News and Drudge Report. She graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a B.A. in political science and journalism. She can be reached at Her twitter handle is @nataliejohnsonn.

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